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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Relative Body Position

Fencing requires skill not only for manipulating a foil, sabre, or épée in hand, but also with physical fitness and positioning of the entire body. The subject of relative body position can be studied in graphs, just as easily as the position of any sword. 

A sample graph from The Science of Fencing: Volume 2 from Schottenbauer Publishing is shown below:

Discussion Questions
  1. Which body part is furthest right? Furthest left?
  2. Which body part is highest? Lowest?
  3. Sketch the initial position of shoulder, elbow, and hand.
  4. Sketch the final position of shoulder, elbow, and hand.
  5. Sketch the position which is most extremely distant from either the initial or final position.
  6. Describe the motion in-between initial and final position.