>On a related note, does anyone have any experience with the Selberg tapes ?
>Comments on whether they helped improve technique/understand basic principles
>better, etc, would be useful info. for me.
I have two Selberg tapes; 'Right of Way' and 'Sabre Footwork'. Selberg`s
tapes are done somewhat unprofessionally from a video point of view, in
what looks like a fencing room he has put into his house. He has two
micro-strips, and uses one for examples.
Aside from the production values, the tapes are pretty decent. Selberg
clearly has a good command of his subjects. He uses interesting points of
view in his exposition and what he soes cover is useful. Both of
these tapes suffer a little from lack of organization and completeness,
but there are no glaring omissions.
In one case, 'lack of completeness' means that Selberg says at one point
in the Sabre Footwork video that he will later explain why you shouldn't
have your feet really wide apart in a deep crouch for sabre, a stance
which can make some sense in foil. He never actually gets around to
I was disappointed in the 'Right of Way' video since they don't cover
sabre, nor is there any other video which covers this.
All in all, Selberg gets high marks for what he _does_ put in the videos,
but you have to get past the production values.
By the way, Selberg makes a plug for women's sabre in the Sabre Footwork
video, but I'm not entirely sure it is very effective.
One thing you get from the Selberg video is the appreciation of how
smooth his footwork is. He does most of it himself while talking and
he doesn't really break a big sweat doing reasonable footwork.