Fencing 101 : Proper Grip (Foil)

An excellent article on the proper grip of a foil!

Proper grip/hand position on the sword is perhaps the most basic element when it comes to sword mastery.  What many fencers forget (mostly of today’s time) is that fencing is “with the fingers” – the deathly edge at one’s control just as a brush is to an artist.

To achieve a fitting start in swordplay, one must take special care in how they hold the sword.  In classical fencing, the practitioner must remember the words of the swordmaster Doutreval*, (Scaramouche, 1952) who said to student Andre Moreau,

The sword is like a bird.  If you clutch it too tightly, you choke it… to lightly, and it flies away.

When positioning your hand onto the sword for the first time, notice the curve (of the french foil, poigneé) as the inward curve of the grip, should mold to the contour of the base of the…

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About A.B. Schafer

During her high school years, Anita was a competitive fencer primarily fencing in the Midwest and has competed in the Junior Olympics. She brings a wealth of knowledge of techniques, tactics, and strategy to her students. Her focus on self-discipline and self-confidence in class gives her students the ability to succeed both on and off the fencing strip.

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