Saturday, December 06, 2008

The Plague of Bent Arm Fencing

There is a malady sweeping the land, plagueing young and old alike. It is the curse of attacking with a bent arm. So many people forget to advance their point toward the target and it particularly seems to affect tall fencers; those who should be using their reach to full advantage! Maybe it's a consequence of actually being tall when you've had to grow up trying not to stand out in a crowd, but it certainly doesn't help in fencing. It's even more pointless (ho ho) when it afflicts a shorter fencer as it reduces the chance of a succesful hit even more. If only there were a vaccine but until one is found we must rely on patient coaches calling "Get your arm out!" from the sides of pistes....


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