Steps to Success
Learn the highly technical sport of fencing, in nine challenging and fun steps! Fencing: Steps to Success covers all of the essential skills of the epee and foil forms of the sport. The book is a perfect how-to guide for beginning and developing fencers, and a valuable reference for instructors.
Author Elaine Cheris shares the expertise that has made her one of the most prolific fencers and fencing instructors in the United States. In each progressive step, she explains the importance of a major skill, presents sequential illustrations to show you how to perform the skill, and then provides a series of drills to refine and master the skill.
Cheris has instructed many elite international competitors, as well as pop music star Jimmy Buffett. In Fencing: Steps to Success, you can receive your own personal lessons and start fencing the right way, right away.
This book is part of the highly popular Steps to Success Activity Series, which now has more than 1 million copies in print!
Step One: On Guard Stance and Mobility: Moving on the Strip
Step Two: Hitting The Target: Determining Appropriate Distance
Step Three: Thrust, Lunge, and Recovery: Delivering The Hit to Your Opponent
Step Four: Engagement and Change of Engagement: Making Contact With Your Opponent
Step Five: Parry-Riposte High Line: Turning the Tide
Step Six: Feints, Disengages, and Beats: Taking Charge
Step Seven: Parry-Riposte Low Line: Defending Against the Stealth Attacks
Step Eight: Low Line Offensive Moves: Variety Adds Spice to Your Game
Step Nine: Long-Distance Footwork: Conquering Vast Space
Rating Your Progress
“I am very impressed. This is a very good do-it-yourself book for beginners who lack the assistance of a coach. The basics are sound; the training program should improve even an experienced fencer. I am going to use a few of the training tips myself!”
Member of the technical commission, International Fencing Federation
Vice President, Swedish Fencing Federation
Silver and bronze world championship veteran (1997, 1998)
“A valuable manual both for the individual learning fencing and to stimulate and help coaches. Elaine Cheris draws on her experience as both a coach and Olympic competitor. The combination encourages this book will be of great service to those seriously wanting to fence.”
Secretary/ Treasurer and member of Executive Committee of the International Fencing Federation
“A refreshing introduction to the sport and pastime of fencing. The book compares fencing with various sports and activities to help understand the exercises. It will help young instructors willing to embark on a unique form of coaching, teaching, and training. It stresses mobility of hands and feet and points to the importance of balance at all times. Generally, I would say we look at a democratization of fencing.”
Vice President of Honor and member of Executive Committee of the International Fencing Federation