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28THESWORDJANUARY2015LEARNINGFENCINGFOILSABREANDEPEEONGUARDPeterRussellhaswrittenthreeencingbookseachdescribedasABeginnersGuidetotheTechniquesoModernSwordFighting.Allareblackandwhiteinternallywithacolouredcover.AbriesynopsisotheircontentsollowsLearnFencingFoil3pagesover3photosanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestancevarioustypesoootworktherulesconventionsandthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbythehitandengagements.Varioustypesoparriesarethenintroducedollowedbybladepreparationsthencounterripostes.Compoundattacksnaturallyleadstosuccessiveparriesasaormodeence.Thepoint-in-lineleadstoevasionotheopponentsattempttotakethebladeusingdrobement.Prisedeerattackscanbepreventedbyusingeitheroppositionorcedingparries.Counterattackscounter-timeandrenewalsoattackarethendiscussedbeoreventuringintotopicslikeoppositehandersreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesandgeneraltactics.Aninepageglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.LearnFencingSabre9pagesover6photographsanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestanceootworkapplicabletosabretherulesconventionsandthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbyvariousattackswithtraditionalcutsthrough-cutsanduseothepointthenspottingopeninglinesisdiscussed.Varioustypesoparriesincludingthetraditionalsabrequinteandsimpleripostesareconsideredollowedbybeatattacksandrstcounterriposte.Compoundattacksleadtosuccessiveparries.Compoundripostesareollowedbypoint-in-lineprisesdeeranddrobements.Stopcutsrenewalsoattackandoppositehandersleadstoreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesthencompetitionskillsandtactics.Aninepageglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.LearnFencingEpee3pagesover4photographsanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestanceandvarioustypesoootworkincludingtheecheaswellasthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbythehitengagementsandtheuseoangulation.Simpleattacksparriesandripostesandcounterattackscomenextollowedbybeatandpressureattacksandrstcounterripostes.Compoundattacksleadnaturallytosuccessiveparries.Point-in-lineprisesdeerdrobementsaswellasoppositionandcedingparriesaregroupedtogethertogoodefect.Countertimerenewalsicksleadstoreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesandgeneraltactics.Alittleoverninepagesoglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.ReviewersCommentsPanelsshowingtacticaltipsarehelpulasarethosewhichdescribecommonmistakes.Iamalittlescepticalhoweveraboutoccasionallyshowingphotographsobadexamplestobeginnersasprecisevisualexamplesogoodtechniquesarelikelytobemorebenecial.SpacesareletromtimetotimeorCoachingNotes.Coacheswishingtostudyorrecognisedcoachingqualicationswillndthesebooksuseulbutitisimportanttoconsultaqualiedcoacheducatorintheparticularcoachingschemeyouareinterestedintoensurethatyouareworkingontheapprovedcurriculuminwhichyouwillbeexamined.Theauthorhascoveredquitealotogroundinthesethreebookswhichareeasytoreadlargelytraditionallybasedneatlypresentedandtheoccasionaluseocartoonsismostenjoyable.Theseareawelcomeadditiontomyencingbookshel.EditorOnGuardAFencingCrimeThrillerOnGuardisthethirdbookthatKarlVadaszfyhaswrittenwithhislastoneMissingbeingwellreceived.ThisisaencingcrimethrilleronthelinesoWallandarmeetsCrosnierthatlinkstheworldotheHungariancoacheswhocametoEnglandatthetimeotheHungarianRevolutionin96withtheLondonencingsallesotoday.KarliswellplacedtodescribethesetwoworldsasnotonlyisheaencerhimselbutisthesonoZsoltVadaszfywhocoachedatSalleBostoninthe6sand7s.WiththenumberoHungariancoachesnowembeddedintoourclubsthisisalsoauniqueopportunitytolookathowsomeothemviewtheirsportoutsideotheirnativecountryandhowtheymayhavebeenafectedbypasteventswithinEurope.Thestoryisaningeniouscocktailorealistictechnicalencingandaast-paceddetectiveinvestigationcriss-crossingbetweenLondonandBudapesttounravelthereasonsbehindaseriesogruesomemurdersalllinkedtothepastoaHungariancoachrunningaclubinLondon.Thereisanoverridingthreadotheefectthatlivingintheshadowoonespastcanhaveonthepresent.Althoughthepaceothestoryismarredperiodicallybyminorproo-readingerrorsandsomeirritatingdescriptiveoverembellishments...heloweredhimseltoengardelikeasubmarinegoingunderonanexploratoryexpedition...therearesomewonderulvignettesolieinthesallealthoughIneverrecalltherebeingquitesomanybeautiulladyencersallingunderthespellotheircoachinmyclub.HoweverKarlreallyhitsthemarkwhenhedescribesthediferentattitudestowardstrainingandcommitmentinHungaryandBritainandhowwinningatallcostscanbecomeanoverridingdestructivepassionorsome.OnGuardhasgreatentertainmentvalueoranyencingacionado.YouwillndyourselollowingtheencingmovesinyourmindasyoureadandmayevenwanttotrythemoutoryourselthenexttimeyouatyourclubjustdonotputyourbrokenbladestothesamemurderoususewithwhichKarlstormentedherodetectivehastocontend.ThisintendedtobetherstoaseriesoencingthrillersandIlookorwardtothenextinstalment.OnGuardbyKarlVadaszfyispublishedbyPeachPublishingandavailableromAmazoninpaperbackat8.49orKindleat99p.LawrenceBurrREVIEWSBOOKREVIEWS