Different Types of Fencers & How to deal with them


Defensive Fencer:

  • Do:
    • Counter Time (to stop hit addicts)
  • Don’t:
    • Attack without respite (which they favours strong and speedy attacks)

One that do many Faint:

  • Stop hit the counter

One that has a long reach:

(continuously make renewed attacks)

  • Do:
    • Distance shortened by stepping forward into his attack (the opponent will be disconcerted, and lose his precision.
  • Don’t:
    • Step back on the action or preparation, since this will help the opponent to obtain the space which he requires to manoeuvre.

One that attack with preparation on the blade:

  • Do:
    • Absent blade (disconcert the opponent and severely limit his game)
  • Don’t:
    • Ceding parry or parry riposte

One who continuously beats the blade:

This action will tire the sword hand and slow one’s action

  • Do:
    • Absent blade, or hold the blade firmly to block the beat, leave the point in line for a stop hit at wrist.

Meets at for the First Time:

  • Do:
    • Wise to increase distance, gain more time to study the opponent’s methods, and perhaps force them to make mistakes.

Patient Fencer (epee):

Who remains on guard well-covered, keeps out distance and evades attempts to make preparations on the blade

Generally have very accurate stop hits at wrist

  • Do:
    • Draw the stop hit and complete a second intention attack taking the blade
    • Make a number of feints and false attacks (at the hand), until the opponent displaces the position of the hand and attacks by disengagement. Then make a stop hit.
  • Don’t:
    • Attack directly at hand (their well-covered position require you to angulate the blade and thus expose you wrist to them)

One who absent the blade:

  • False attack or well marked feints can be used to draw reaction
  • If:
    • Stop Hit: Counter-time, preferably taking the blade
    • Parry: Compound attack or counter riposte
    • Return to engagement: Attack

Who attacks into attack:

  • Draw out the attack by false attack with half lunge or feint sharply
  • Then Counter time and counter-riposte

Who fences at close quarters:

  • Force the corps a corps (body to body, pass on)


Perfected time and executed at maximum speed/ acceleration

  • Parry, or counter attack if anticipated
  • Circular or counter-parry

Rapid recovery after attacks (parried or for second-intention attack):

  • Fleché (very effective)
    • Body weight shifts forward when the parry is made, to minimize the delay.

Who rapidly retreat from lunges:

  • Very vulnerable to a counter-offensive, especially when bending the blade while retreating.

Left handed Fencer:

They like to parry quarte or bring the blade to the quarte. Because in that line they obtain the top of the blade and therefore can control it.

  • Vulnerable to low line attacks (especially parry of octave)


  • Feints to the octave (make them leave the quarte or high line open to attack.

They like the action of beat, and an attack on the outside or the top of the arm

If the beat in made outside:

  • Grip the hand firmly and blocking the beat, leaving the point in line for a stop hit on the top of the arm

Beat on top of the blade:

  • Angulate to the underside of the wrist.

These are only a few broad tactical ideas, each person must observe each opponent and study their game before the tactics can be done.

Never use more complex movements than necessary to achieve the desired results.

“To hit a worthy opponent with a complex movement is satisfying, and show one’s mastery of techniques; to hit the same opponent by a simple movement is a sign of greatness.”


BEAUMONT, Charles Louis De. Fencing Ancient Art and Modern Sport. Oak Tree Publications; revised edition (Feb. 1 1979)