Fencing as a Language (Imre Vass)

The Fencing Coach

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This excerpt was brought to my attention by reddit user /u/notinsanescientist. It is from Imre Vass’s book Epee Fencing: a Complete System:

“Fencing is like a language. Just like someone trying to listen to a rapid conversation in a foreign tongue, only occasionally can a non-fencer or casual spectator recognize how the individual actions of the fencers are related to one another. And just as, once we grasp the meaning of a sentence, we tend to forget its precise words, so, for the spectator whose eye has registered that a touch has scored, the movements preceding the hit proper tend to dissolve into each other; losing their individual importance. It must be borne in mind, however, that the hit itself is neither more nor less than the period, ending a sentence that has both content and style. The essence and content of fencing are to be found in…

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One response to “Fencing as a Language (Imre Vass)

  1. Christoph Amberger

    This said, do you learn a language best by spending 6 months saying “I”, “the”, “and”—or by full immersion from the first lesson onward…

    I have my own answer for that.

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