This book is from 1970, so of course it is a bit dated but this is a book about the fundamentals of foil fencing and that has hardly changed for a very long time, we still use the same basic parry's and riopste's that were developed around 1600 or so. The best thing about this book are the stop action photos which you can see by flipping the pages back and forth and that is unique (I think) in a fencing book, that kind of thing may seem useless in these day's of video but unfortunately good videos about fencing are still hard to come by. The book is organized into 5 chapters which deal with the basic priciples and structure of fencing, stance and attack, all the basic movement and the art of deception.
Of course there are a lot of more modern and up to date books about foil fencing available today but this was the first book about fencing I got so perhaps I'm a bit sentimental about it but like I said the stop action photos make this book unique and fun.
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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe. The Music I love the most is … more
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