The Fencing Athlete Almanac page is an itemized summary highlighting some useful rules of thumb in fencing from my blog posts and kernels of truth offered by other high level fencers. The numeric order just refers to when it was added to the list. I encourage you to voice your opinions about what makes the list and discuss the validity of each in comments section. None of these points are absolute but I hope it can serve as a useful reference tool as it develops.
Keep an eye on this section for updates moving forward!
1. Good technique should be based on whether the physical movements you do enable your underlying strategy. [There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Technique]
2. You don’t get any extra points for scoring pretty touches. [There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Technique]
3. Anyone can beat anyone in fencing. [Turning Hubris & Doubt into Confidence & Humility]
3a. Anyone can lose to anyone in fencing.
4. Try to consider all of the pros and cons to fencing a certain game before you commit to it or decide not to commit to it. [Building a Game and a Game-Plan]
5. Be able to fully understand and articulate your fencing game. [Building a Game and a Game-Plan]
5a. By conceptualizing your different game-plans from bout to bout in terms of your fencing game, you can better adjust your strategy in bout while still playing to your strengths and mitigating your weaknesses.
6. Have a plan when you train. You have to work smarter AND harder. [Train Smarter and Harder]