9 comments on “In-Fighting: Earning the Gritty Touches

  1. Awesome drill! We started using it last month in practice. Now, we need to make it a regular rotation in small doses. Thanks Jonathan! Really enjoying your blog. Great insights!

  2. Are you always just standing in your en garde? It might help to have one fencerstart in a lunge or other various positions.

  3. I’ve only done it staring from some variation of an en guard myself. From the starting position you can certainly shift your body position some other way if it helps you get the hit.
    From my experience, close combat situations are very unlikely to occur if both fencers are in a full lunge and more straight up body positions are more likely to occur naturally in a bout.
    You could certainly try having one fencer starting in a lunge position with their blade locked-out while the other fencer is in more of an en guard but I am of the opinion that the basic form of the drill does a good job of training the response in a way that can later be applied to these kinds of situations.

    • Fair enough. I was thinking of a scenario in which a fencer is parried while lunging, leading to a forward recovery into some sort of an infighting action.

  4. I’m loving this drill idea. I’ve never done it before, so I’ll be trying to incorporate it. It is interesting to see that this is what you give credit to for reaching the top level of fencing.

    Are there any other drills you really enjoy doing that have been very helpful?

    • I’m glad you think so.
      While I wouldn’t give this drill all the credit, I found it very helpful for training me to focus on getting the ugly touches, especially in the college fencing environment.
      I’ll try to keep adding different drills to the Tips & Drills section of the site. Stay Tuned!

  5. Jonathan, we tried this at practice tonight and found it to be ridiculously productive–and a lot of fun. We ended up hooking up and doing this on strip so everyone could get a feel of the timing associated with it, instead of doing it dry (and I assume you meant to do this drill on strip in the first place, it just took us a minute to figure it out). We found it to be especially prolific when we started from a position that would naturally follow an opposition parry (e.g. stuck on the outside of someone’s seconde). Thanks for the great drill idea, man!

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