Cover image for Foil, saber, and Épée fencing : skills, safety, operations, and responsibilities
Foil, saber, and Épée fencing : skills, safety, operations, and responsibilities
Garrett, Maxwell R.
Personal Author:
Revised and updated edition.
Publication Information:
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.

Physical Description:
xii, 227 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Subject Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
GV1147 .G36 1994C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Anyone who wishes to learn the sport of fencing will find the basic elements necessary to begin in Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing. The already accomplished fencer will find the answers to methodology and strategies by which to overcome one's opponent in tournament play. The coach and teacher is herein presented with lesson plans by which to chart a student's progress. The administrator is advised of the safety factors and range of liability to consider while incorporating fencing into a sports program.

Three eminent coaches, each with a wide range of international experience, present their methods of teaching, which are compatible for the student choosing to learn the skills necessary in more than one weapon. Excellent photographs and diagrams illustrate the concepts, and an extensive annotated bibliography provides the reader with a wide selection of research materials. Late in the summer of 1993 new rule changes were adopted by the United States Fencing Association. These changes, which go into effect with the start of the 1993-94 fencing season, are included in this manual.

Foil, Saber, and Épée Fencing. also traces the transition of the art of duelling from the combat arena to the sports arena.

Author Notes

Maxwell R. Garret has been involved in many capacities in international fencing for over fifty years including as Head Coach at the University of Illinois and the Pennsylvania State University.

Emmanuil G. Kaidanov is a Fencing Master and Head Coach of the fencing program at the Pennsylvania State University. In 1990 and 1991, his team won two combined national championships.

Gil Pezza is President of the United State Fencing Coaches Association and served as Head Coach at Wayne State University from 1984 to 1990, during which time his team won two NCAA championships.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Garret, Kaidnavov, and Pezza have a wide range of international experiences and offer the beginner all the basic elements necessary to begin the sport of fencing with foil, saber, and 'epee. The advanced fencer will find all the strategies and methodology necessary to defeat an opponent in tournament play. Readers who are coaches, teachers, or administrators will find all the necessary lesson plans and safety factors to consider if fencing is to be included in a sports program. Twelve chapters filled with charts, diagrams, and superb photographs, all of excellent quality, enable the subject matter to flow smoothly and offer the most recent information on the sport of fencing. A book for the library of anyone interested in the art of dueling, from the combat arena to the sports arena; highly recommended for all graduate and undergraduate libraries. H. F. Kenny Jr.; Wesleyan University