The Lunge and Recovery

The lunge requires a powerful rear lag action with an ability to move from immobility. It must overcome inertia without any hint or cue. So many fencers telegraph intentions. The action is in some ways similar to a sprinter exploding in a bullet start from the blocks. It is paramount that the recovery and return to guard is every bit as smooth as the lunge, as is a ball rebounding from a wall. If a fencer does not here a good lunge, he/she is destined for a brief competitive career. It is difficult to maintain distance unless one can keep an opponent at bay with long false attacks as well as attempted genuine ones. The false attacks of course, must have the character of genuine attacks, otherwise they are superfluous. In this manner fencers can set up situations to their advantage by causing discomfort and exploitable errors from hard-pressed opponents. Few fencers, in fact have a correct lunging technique. Most lean forward prior to attacks. This causes loss of power and potential from the rear leg as weight bearing has been transferred to the lead leg. The attempted lunge then becomes a giant step with a follow through from the upper body. Experienced opponent sense this gathering of the torso and are aware of the tenancy to fade away and forward at the climax of the attack. Usually the head drops making it difficult to return to guard. The ensuring redoubles and desperate jabs is a real lottery. It is much better to able to return to the ready position and set up again once an attack has failed. There are occasions of course when tactics determine that one remains on the lunge when the attacker can exploit delayed, or compound reposts etc, with remises judiciously used. Renewed attacks such as reprises can put extra pressure on back moving, or yielding adversaries, one must be mindful at all times to consider and be aware before any attacking action and know when to abort or abandon failed attacks.

(c) Maitre d’Armes Michael A. O’Brien 06/05/2008


~ by obrienfencing on 6 May, 2008.

One Response to “The Lunge and Recovery”

  1. Los eiccrjeios con ayuda de las imágenes son muy estimulantes, adelante y vamos contigo.Enhorabuena.

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