Intermediate Sabre Fencing : How to Parry 3 (Tierce) in Sabre Fencing


JASON SHERIDAN: On behalf of Expert Village,
my name is Jason Sheridan from the Sheridan Fencing Academy here in New York City, and
today, we’re going to demonstrate some intermediate sabre fencing. The first of the three main
parries of sabre we’re going to look at is parry three. They’re all–all parries have
numbers. Parry three is very closely related to your on guard, which is also in three,
and depending on your needs might be exactly the same, might be further out, might be closer
in, depending on the distance and the needs of the situation. Watch carefully as one of
the fencers will make a cut to the other’s arm, like so. She will then protect herself
making parry three. Notice how she has stopped the opponent’s blade. She is not tense. She
is not making a big, dramatic movie-theater movement. She is just making a calm movement
of her blade to stop it. Watch, she’ll start from a low position, and she’ll make the same
parry. And you’ll see the movement of the parry is not tense and it is not strained.
It is very easy movement that allows her to protect herself.

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