I've seen a number of postings where foilists complain about the flick
being given right-of-way even tho' the attacker has his/her arm "way back
First, even the best flickmeisters will tell you that it is NOT
unbeatable. I am fortunate enough to fence with these people (Longenbach,
Devine, Carlay, Bayer, etc) and they do the flick for one reason: IT
WORKS.(In America, that is...)
Why does it work? Because for one thing, they really DO have the right of
way. By the time you notice the prep, their hand is already coming
forward. You're too late.
Further, when most people see the flick coming, their footwork goes to
hell. Take the proper distance, and a 3 or 6 parry closes that line
Finally, the national-level guys do not do the flick as it is seen out in
the sticks. The hand does NOT come back with the elbow "pointing out." If
someone is dumb enough to prepare this way, sucker them into it, double
the tempo with two quick advances, and STEP IN to the flick. They will
not be able to get their hand over their head and land a touch in time.
Granted, if you are not light on your feet, you might be risking
corp-a-corps, but stepping IN to a poorly-prepared flick is VERY effective.
One last thing:
The flick works in the USA because American fencers are, well, pathetic
when it comes to fundamentals. (Self included.) Any clown that buys a
black fencing jacket calls themself a "master." Go to Racing Club in
Paris, or what's left of Dynamo in Moscow, or any "A" cup in Europe: you
won't see the flick. Try it on Omnes or just about any Russian over the
age of 15 and you're dead meat.
Wanna beat the flick? Timing, speed and distance. Forget the tricks.
New York Fencer's Club