Fencing Drills

Preparations of Attacks – Preparations D’Attaque

These drills are designed to help you to learn various ways of using
preparations.  Most of these are done without movement, and should be used to get a feeling for the blade.




PREPARATIONS OF ATTACKS – Preparations D’Attaque
PRELIMINARY EXERCISES
C = Coach,  P = Pupil

A.  Engagement (Quarte, Sixte, Septime and Octave)

1.     C – Engage, return to starting position
       P – Engage, return to starting position

2.     C – Engage – press, return to starting position
       P – Engage – press, return to starting position

B.  Blade Actions with Press and Beat (Quarte, Sixte, Septime and Octave)

1.      C – Engage – Press
        P – Return Press and thrust

2.       C – Engage – Press
         P – Returns press when coach’s press weakens
         C – Returns press when pupil ‘ s press weakens
         P – Go under (disengage) and thrust (with or without lunge)


3.      C – Beat
        P – Return beat

4.  a.    C- Double beat
          P – Return Double beat

    b.    C – Double beat (first weak, second strong)
          P – Return double beat (first weak, second strong)

    c.    C – Double beat (first strong, second weak)
          P – Return double beat (first strong, second weak)

    d.    C – Double beat (two strong or two weak)
          P – Return double beat (two strong or two weak)

    e.    C – Double beat (longer pause between them)
          P – Return double beat (follow the tempo of the coach)

5.      C – Beat and extend
        P – Return beat, thrust with lunge

6.      C – Beat and extend with advance or lunge
        P – Beat and extend (without lunge)

7.   a.   C- High line extension
          P – No Response

     b.   C – Low line extension
          P – No Response

     c.   C – Beat and extend
          P – Return beat. thrust with lunge

8.   Same as in 7 a. b. & c. but fron movement (footwork)

9.        C – Beat – Press
          P – Return beat – press

10.       C – Engage – press – beat
          P – Return Engagement – press – beat

11.       C- presents blade
          P – engage – cut over (coupe)

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