Nowadays it is very popular to promote a natural way of learning. A complete technical way is quite boring and with a natural way one can make very fast advances in fencing. And natural means also self-discovering. Natural sells. For me it all depends how one teaches the student fencing. With the technical approach, I had a lot of fun, it all depends on the didactical approach of the teacher. In commercials the term natural is often used, it implies that the product is healthier and thus better. Natural in fencing implies that the approach is better. I am referring to the thread: how to make a lunge. Some points to consider: 1st of all: why is it taught, to lift your toes in the beginning of the lunge? Well first of all to make a stable landing (first heel and then the rest of the foot). 2nd: I had students that were always landing on their toes; it was never taught to them and it was very difficult to correct them. 3rd: It is not very important to lift up the toes in the start of the lunge, of somewhere in the middle, one lands stable. 4th: lifting up your toes at the start, means one can also make false lunges (your preparation) to mislead the adversary, to provoke the attack of the adversary. Playing with your feet, is very important, to dominate the game of 2nd intention. 5th:What is faster: a natural lunge or the one which starts with lifting up your toes? Well, one can consider that your frontleg can also increase the speed while throwing it forwards with force. It helps also to pulll your body forwards. Only few teachers know this, but this is very interesting! So the frontleg also helps to accelerate the lunge. So if you start your frontleg later, than you have lost some speed. 6th and last point: natural movements means better? No way. There was a research about what is the best way to button a shirt. One sees, that most of the persons, start with the button below, since it is a very unnatural movement to start with the buttons on top. It is measured, that starting with your buttons on top, one is much faster (although maybe just a few milliseconds). However it is unnatural and less confident. So when do we start with lifting up our toes? At the start, at the middle? Just think about it. A long time ago somewhere in the beginning of the 80-ies. There was an interview with Borella. He had already won several world-cups. He said he felt that his level was going downwards. So he told to the magazine Escrime, that he was training again the basis of footwork, with the emphasis on making good lunges and good footwork. My conclusion: On worldtop level, it really matters, if one controls all the small details on footwork. That is the difference between the champ and the large subtop. All the small details matter.