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, boys and girls. It has even been molded to fit the needs of the blind and individuals using wheelchairs. This is truly a sport for everyone. The ...

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Overview

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, boys and girls. It has even been molded to fit the needs of the blind and individuals using wheelchairs. This is truly a sport for everyone. The Art and Science of Fencing covers everything from the history of the sport to the specifics of fencing technique, including the psychology of fencing, types of fencing weapons, biographies of great fencers, and information on selecting a fencing school and getting started in the sport. This book is a necessity for everyone who's ever seen an Errol Flynn movie and thought "Hey, that could be me!"

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An enjoyable introduction to the history, lore, and some specifics of technique, including the psychology of fencing. Covers the three types of weapons, the rules, and selecting a fencing school or getting started in the sport. Includes profiles of prominent fencers, a glossary of terms, and book and film resources. Illustrated with b&w photos. Masters Press is at 2647 Waterfront Pkwy. E. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46214. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570280757
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 460,274
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Evangelista has taught fencing for more than 30 years. He is also the author of The Art and Science of Fencing.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

    Great book!!!

    This is a very well writen book - mixes anecdotes with technique. Heavy on the anecdotes which is really nice. You get an excellent feel for the world of fencing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    A good read

    While not having as many technical illustrations as I liked (Volkmann's book is the best I've found for that to date), it was a good read from start to finish. Its clear that he's ruffled some feathers in the fencing community by what he's said, though I think that a lot of what he has to say has merit, and that his writings have brought no small number of fencers back to some traditional ideas that were on the decline in our modern era. I look forward to reading more books my Mr. Evangelista.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2000

    THE VERY BEST BOOK ON FENCING EVER WRITTEN

    THE ART AND SCIENCE OF FENCING is by far the very best fencing book ever produced. It is easy to understand and entertaining at the same time. It brings a depth to fencing that most other fencing books totally lack. That it seems to be the best-selling fencing book on the market today is telling. It is inspiring. This book should be in every fencing library.

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