Just curious. . . the "how to hold a grip" thread reminded me of something I've been wondering about (but always forget to ask at the club I go to). Do most people hold their hand in a thumb-up or a palm-up position in guard? And do they change that position when they extend? When I first tried out fencing many years ago, i was taught to hold the blade palm-up in guard, then rotate it to thumb-up during the extension. A friend of mine says that is bad form, as the rotation would tend to throw the point off. He was taught to hold palm-up and keep it that way. That feels awkward to me, although the only book I've seen that actually addresses this says the same thing. (The writer also recommends using only non-pistol grips. I don't know if that makes much of a difference.) For me, it's kind of moot. The original way I learned seems to have stuck. When I try anything else, I fence even worse than usual. So. . . just curious.