Often thought of as an activity just for actors or an elite few, fencing is actually an ideal sport for people of all ages.
Fencing develops dexterity, endurance, flexibility, grace, and overall fitness, while also allowing participants the opportunity to hone the mind's problem-solving abilities.
It is easily learned and practiced by both young and old, men and women, boys and girls.
It has even been molded to fit the needs of the blind and individuals using wheelchairs.
This is truly a sport for everyone. "The Art and Science of Fencing" covers everything from the history of the sport to the specifics of fencing technique, including the psychology of fencing, types of fencing weapons, biographies of great fencers, and information on selecting a fencing school and getting started in the sport.
This book is a necessity for everyone who's ever seen an Errol Flynn movie and thought "Hey, that could be me!"
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 296 pages, Ill.
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
- Publication Date: 01/09/1996
- Category: Fencing
- ISBN: 9781570280757
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Review by dcmdale
Among fencers, Evangelista is either loved or hated, mostly hated. The Art and Science of Fencing is a good introduction to sports fencing: the different blades, it history, and some of the basic strategies. It is also good for the biographical information on some of the old masters. The more controversial aspect of his work, however, is his insistence that modern innovations are ruining fencing. Evangelista decries the emphasis on winning over style. He dislikes the flick. He hates strategies that are designed to get points, but wouldn't have necessarily "worked" if fencing with "sharps" (real blades). A good introductory work if you are just getting into fencing, but your coach probably will not be thrilled if you bring it to class.