Wise Words

FENCING; A Farewell to Amateurism

SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: July 15, 1989

With two days left in a two-week event dominated by the usual countries, a pair of aging fencers have struck a resounding blow for the new United States policy in the world championships at Boettcher Concert Hall.

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Fencing: The Sport For All Ages al vogt

FENCING: The Sport For All Ages
by Jack Keane

Fencing makes a new man of AI Vogt at 71.

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It’s All in the Fingers

Robert Levis talking about his dad, Joe Levis (1932 Olympic silver medalist) interviewed by Andy Shaw

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Max’s Maxims, by Maxine Mitchell Maxine_Mitchell_banner.jpg

Basic tactical advice from Maxine Mitchell

  • If you are winning, don’t change your tactics.
  • If you are losing, ask yourself “WHY am I getting hit?”
  • Each motion should have a purpose. Your feint must get a reaction from your opponent.
  • If you want your opponent to attack, you don’t have to back up.
  • Fence different opponents in different ways. Don’t use the same tactics for everyone.
  • To get something from fencing, you have to give something to it in terms of hard work.
  • You meet many nice people and make many friends, BUT just remember that fencing isn’t everything!

Methodology of Success, by Steve Mormando STEVE MORMANDO

The first priority is to establish your goal. Know what you want to do, and create a goal that is larger than your dream.

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National or International by Michel Alaux MichelAlaux2.jpg

American Fencing Magazine, Volume 23, Number 1
September / October1971

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Spotlight is on Alex Orban by Jack Keane jack keane

Exerpt from the article by Jack Keane:
“Orban is a star. An international star. He can do everything that ever was intended to be done with a saber. And he probably can do it faster than anybody. He is generally acknowledged to be one of the three fastest, if not the fastest, man in the world. “

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The Best System of Fencing

By Irving De Koff

What is the best system of fencing? Obviously, the French school is the best. No! The Italian system is by far the most superior school of fencing in the world. Whoa, sez my friend, “without a doubt the Hungarians have shown… ad infinatum. This is, or at least has been the story of which system is the best.

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