Ulrich von L...n wrote:Chris Holzman wrote:... video of Dr. Posta on youtube - and while the sabres used are typical modern fencing sabres, the method of use is dramatically more realistic in the delivery of cuts, and so on - clearly very clean Italo-Hungarian sabre of the time.
Dr. Posta and his coach Dr. Gerentser (from a movie newsreel, 1924):
Starting from 1:17 sabre fencing.
IMO the visual impression of the whole fencing might have been influenced by the static nature of the filming apparatus. We - my girlfriend and I - definitely fence in a more static way, with a lot of parry - ripost etc. play when we don't have a cameraman.
That is the video I was thinking of. Mostly my comments were to the fact that they're delivering cuts in a reasonable manner, solid parries - of course, this seems to be a lesson or warm up drill as much as anything, so I'd expect that even if the bouting isn't as clean. Regardless, these guys clearly know what to do with the sharp side and pointy end, and don't exhibit a the sort of reckless disregard for their own safety, or modifications to techniques that would by nature make them ineffective.
Good looking stuff. If more fencing looked like this, more people might see the martial value of it.