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The Art and Science of Fencing

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Often thought of as an activity just for actors or an elite few, fencing is actually an ideal sport for people of all ages. Fencing develops dexterity, endurance, flexibility, grace, and overall fitness, while also allowing participants the opportunity to hone the mind's problem-solving abilities. It is easily learned and practiced by both young and old, men and women, boy ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published September 1st 1996)
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Jun 25, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
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I feel I probably should clarify my rating. I really hated giving this book such a low rating because there are so few books on fencing available, but I just didn't really get anything out of this book.

This book is intended more for the complete novice, someone who has never touched a blade or seen a bout. It goes into a whole lot of detail as to what to expect if you decide to start fencing (from posture to etiquette on the strip) and kind of reads like those old Goofy sports shorts. It definit
Aug 01, 2014 Maria rated it it was ok
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The book had useful information, especially on foil fencing. I liked that it had history and some profiles of fencers. However, it did feel very dated and the overall tone of the author was very conservative/almost condescending. I may be biased because I am an épéeist and the bulk of the information was aimed towards foilists. Even though there are many similarities, I was hoping there would be more on épée specifically.

It was still interesting to read on a plane.
Guy Haley
Apr 16, 2015 Guy Haley rated it liked it
A good book on my favourite sport. The author is overly didactic regarding what he sees as "proper" fencing, although I tend to agree with him. There's some interesting biographies, and the sections on each weapon are good basic texts, but the pictures are poorly reproduced and there isn't much for someone who is already in the sport and wishes to improve their game.
Aug 17, 2009 Emma rated it really liked it
Considerably better that the last book on fencing that I tried to read, and I enjoyed this one. I liked the layout of the book, and the pictures were nice, and helpful. However, I thought that Evangelista was a bit biased, writing only about the French school. (If he doesn't really know anything about the Italian school, then this is probably a good thing.)
David Hurst
Apr 01, 2013 David Hurst rated it liked it
Shelves: fencing
Good introduction to fencing for the uniformed. It is amazing how every slight wrist or hand movement has a name, along with very specific guidance of how to execute the move. Too much detail for me... However I have to confess to being an arm chair fencer trying to understand the outcome my children's little battles.
Aug 31, 2007 Chris rated it did not like it
Pleh. Self-indulgent book about the author and his masters. Not a lot of useful information in terms of actual techniques or terminology, more of a "this is what you should do when you want to learn to fence" guide. Also very slanted on the French technique. I would've preferred something more academic.
Feb 07, 2010 Jay rated it it was amazing
I'm feeling much more inspired to practice fencing after reading this book. Large sections of it are worth reading even if you don't yet fence.
Feb 03, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Great book, if you're interested in the sport.
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With over 36 years of fencing experience under his belt, fencing master Nick Evangelista is one of the sport's most unique teachers. He has studied fencing in both the United States and Europe and has also collected a number of awards and medals during his years of competition. Over the past three decades, he has developed many fencers who have successfully competed in the United States fencing co ...more
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