Open Wounds

U is for Under Stop-thrust

If your opponent knows you like to stop thrust and they expect you to counter in the high line (for their head or wrist) you  under stop-thrust (really a reverse lunge or pasata soto) and go for the low line or hip or under his arm which if they’re parrying or attacking high goes under their defense. You’ve got to have good flexibility in your groin (okay just think about it – a reverse lunge that is deeper than your regular lunge and supported by your left hand on the ground – I’m thinking groin pull) or it’s gonna hurt. I’ve had a number of friends do this in a stage fight and get up very slowly afterwards. Just saying.

Can you use this in competition? Sure. Is it used often? No. Could it be effective in a real fight? You betcha, but it’s a move you use only once and it either works or you’re probably dead.

Now for a special treat watch this video – The Speed of Fencing. Look for the attacks to the toes, the duck and stop-thrust, the slow  motion hits on the wrist and chest, and the graceful beautty of the dance. This is épée.

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6 responses

  1. Ouch! That poor lady’s boob.

    April 24, 2013 at 7:39 am

    • Yes and in slow motion non-the-less. That’s why women wear chest-protectors. Isn’t it a cool film!

      April 24, 2013 at 8:03 am

  2. Hi, better late than never, right? This is the second A-Z blog I’ve seen doing a fencing theme. Very cool. That move looks a bit dangerous, but it might work…

    April 24, 2013 at 8:53 am

    • Yes! I’m making a final week’s push to visit more blogs and I’m glad I stopped by yours. Thanks for the comment!

      April 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

  3. I know nothing about fencing, not even the kind that is part of my garden. I will read back through some of your other posts to learn a bit.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    April 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

  4. dulzimordash

    Reblogged this on Spontaneous Creativity.

    May 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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