swahili wrote:Gordon L wrote:to point out that the flick-hit was deliberately targetted by changes in the rules designed to attempt to control its use, and eliminate it, if possible
I don't want to seem to be having a go at you Gordon, but I just wanted to offer a counter-view. The flick, from what I can see, is very much alive. It may have diminished slightly, but there are plenty of fencers out there who consider it an essential skill:
How to do it
That video is hilarious. It was passed around the fencing community when it was released - to much merriment. Thanks for reminding me of it. I "lol'd".
That's not how you "flick", the technical discussion is naive and the coaching technique terrible. I really hope you don't think it's demonstrative of anything a good fencer would want to associate with.
This is the flickmaster. It's not as popular a blade as it used to be because the game has changed quite a bit over the last 10-15 years.
So? The "flick" is a recognisably valid technique.
This is a discussion about flicking in Epee. The negative connotations come from a particular period of foil (very late 80s to middle late 90s). Epee, foil and sabre are different...
Flicking started with Epee and isn't anything new. Epeeists were in fact "flicking" around 40 years ago (maybe more but I am too lazy to do the research this time on a Saturday) and many years before the foilists picked it up.
The "fly fish" technique is peculiar to foil not epee. It's also largely extinct in the current version of the sport amongst anyone who actually matters.