Fencing: Steps to Success
One of the most recognized fencing figures in the United States, author Elaine Cheris shares her expertise as both a fencer and instructor. In each progressive learning step, she carefully describes each major skill, presents sequential illustrations (approximately 150 in all) to show how to perform the skill, and then provides a series of drills to refine the skills through practice. The book's step-by-step teaching method is both challenging and fun for the student, promoting skills development and motivation to learn more. It's the perfect technique-development guide and a valuable reference.
Having made the U.S. Olympic team in both epee and foil, Cheris covers both forms in this book, giving you a well-rounded introduction to the sport. A highly accomplished instructor, Cheris owns and operates the Cheyenne Fencing Society and has been the chairperson for two World Championships. She has instructed many notable students, including pop music stars Neil Diamond and Jimmy Buffett.
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I'll admit, I did not read anywhere the entire book, but as an experienced fencer I did not need to do so in order to see how quickly the author is steering her readers on the wrong track. Epee and foil are NOT nearly identical weapons that can be fenced with the same techniques or strategy. That analogy is as ridiculous as saying that riding a bike and driving a car, because after all both have wheels. Cheris ignores the fact that right-of-way is the main difference between foil and epee, meaning that while foil concentrates on beats and parries, epeeists need to hone their skills in binds and absence of blade. Suffice to say, I would not recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the sport or trying to master a new weapon, especially if they do not have an expert coach to help them differentiate between the techniques and strategies necessary for each of the different weapons. "Fencing epee like a foilist" or vice versa, is in fact the first step to failure in fencing.