Classical Fencing: The Flying Guard

A speedy inquiry of Morton’s Martini A-Z of Fencing and Evangelista’s The Encyclopedia of the Sword uncovers that “flying” has been utilized to portray an assortment of sharp edge and footwork activities in the course of the most recent 200 years, running from repels to fleches. Maitre d’Armes Claude La Marche, one of the authors of the epee as a fencing discipline, adds to the rundown the “flying gatekeeper.” In doing as such, he looks back to a method educated by Laboessiere fils and suggests it for the epee fencer of the 1890s.

The Flying Guard is expected to accomplish three strategic objectives:

1. To close the separation with a rival who trusts himself or herself to be at a separation that makes an assault far-fetched,

2. To mask the push to close the separation, and

3. To permit a quick assault once an appropriate separation is come to.

The Flying Guard is executed by:

1. Going ahead protect, prepared for offense or safeguard.

2. Making a few little strides, each closure with an appel. These appels are taken to guarantee that the fencer keeps up adjust and that the legs are prepared to act. In the meantime the weapon is held in a casual way to guarantee a quick response if necessary.

3. At that point make a noisy appel joined with a yell to occupy the adversary, as you

4. Present the back foot, keeping the leg well twisted to stay away from anyone development that would unveil the adjustment in foot position, to quit for the day the front foot (picking up roughly 7 creeps of separation), and

5. Execute the assault with a lurch.

It is a remarkable thing to think about a protect as being “flying,” particularly when contrasted with different employments of the term in fencing. For this situation, the arrangement of step-appel-step-appel-step-appel is by all accounts slower as opposed to speedier. Be that as it may, this activity provides an intriguing blend of two of the employments of the appel, as an adjust check and as a distractor.

The flying watchman must be seen with regards to epee at the time (La Marche alerts that half jumps would for the most part do the trick to convey the assault forward) and of the more extensive routine with regards to traditional footwork. We know from records of expert sessions that the appel and yell mix was utilized as a part of the 1880s. Joined with the separation take of presenting the back foot, this makes the flying gatekeeper a fascinating activity worth honing for the required coordination and as an unexpected activity that may be valuable once in an established session.