Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by JB1J » Fri, 18 Nov 1994 23:05:07


After broken fourth-finger on my wepon hand in a foil tournament (a wild
parry by my opponent; but I got the touch!), I added one more reason to my
list of:

     THE TOP TEN REASONS TO PREFER EPEE

1. No smacked fingers (big bell guard).
2. Unlike sabre, you actually get some exercise.
3. No right of way; if I get there first, I get the touch.
4. No right of way; anyone who can count to 5 can direct.
5. No right of way; spectators can understand the match.
6. Epee is more of a thinking sport (lots of cat and mouse).
7. No lame to buy, maintain, wear, and sweat in.
8. No blade tape.
9. Only one system of body cord plugs.
10.  ???????????????????

Help me out folks, what do YOU consider the best reason to prefer epee?

Jeff Boone, Parkway Fencing Club, St. Louis

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Morgan Bur » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 04:05:27

|> After broken fourth-finger on my wepon hand in a foil tournament (a wild
|> parry by my opponent; but I got the touch!), I added one more reason to my
|> list of:
|>
|>      THE TOP TEN REASONS TO PREFER EPEE
|>
|> 1. No smacked fingers (big bell guard).

But lots of smacked carpals as everybody tries to flick over it.

|> 2. Unlike sabre, you actually get some exercise.

Unfortunately, it's all in the last minute before time expires.

|> 3. No right of way; if I get there first, I get the touch.

And if you get there second, you can still get a touch!

|> 4. No right of way; anyone who can count to 5 can direct.

Anyone who can count to 5 and spot the 101 ways to cheat, that is.

|> 5. No right of way; spectators can understand the match.

"Mom, why does he get a point for hitting the other guy's shoelace?"
"Because the shoelace is target, dear."
"But Mom, the other guy hit him in the chest."
"Yes, but he was a few milliseconds too late, dear."
"I don't understand, Mom."
"Shut up, dear."

|> 6. Epee is more of a thinking sport (lots of cat and mouse).

I'm a cat, huh huh, I'm a cat, huhhh uh huh.  You're da mouse.
Uh uh huh.  I'm da mouse.  Huh huh, no wait a minute... <bzzt>

|> 7. No lame to buy, maintain, wear, and sweat in.

And we all know how epeeists sweat...

|> 8. No blade tape.

And only five weapon tests for each fencer at the start of
every bout! (*)

|> 9. Only one system of body cord plugs.

And they STILL have trouble figuring out which end goes to
the weapon and which end goes to the reel!

|> 10.  ???????????????????

What's that, the expression on the epeeist's face when he doesn't
get a light?

|> Help me out folks, what do YOU consider the best reason to prefer epee?

You can fleche, turn your shoulders, and bump into your opponent --
all at the same time!

:-) :-) :-) for the humour-impaired (you know who you are).

-- Morgan Burke

(*)  Can't remember them all?  Two shim tests, weight test, bell test,
     and check the spaghetti under the cushion.

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Bill Oliv » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 04:44:14

No annoying off-target lights

--
   Bill Oliver


 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Lisa Sto » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 02:10:13

How about...

10. Because epee encompasses the meaning of all that life should be, and
therein contains the answers of which one spends his entire life in pursuit.

????

I don't know, it sounded better than simply, "Because it's cool..."

Lis

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Dillon J Li » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 15:51:02

    Well, if you want a BEST reason, perhaps you should put "???????" in
the #1 space or reverse the number order.  

    But my reason is that you can take an epee, sharpen the tip, and
it's like a real working sword (unlike foil which is somewhat of an
absraction of a real blade).

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Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Jessie Mical » Sat, 19 Nov 1994 04:35:28

Quote:
>After broken fourth-finger on my wepon hand in a foil tournament (a wild
>parry by my opponent; but I got the touch!), I added one more reason to my
>list of:
>     THE TOP TEN REASONS TO PREFER EPEE
>1. No smacked fingers (big bell guard).
>2. Unlike sabre, you actually get some exercise.
>3. No right of way; if I get there first, I get the touch.
>4. No right of way; anyone who can count to 5 can direct.
>5. No right of way; spectators can understand the match.
>6. Epee is more of a thinking sport (lots of cat and mouse).
>7. No lame to buy, maintain, wear, and sweat in.
>8. No blade tape.
>9. Only one system of body cord plugs.
>10.  ???????????????????
>Help me out folks, what do YOU consider the best reason to prefer epee?
>Jeff Boone, Parkway Fencing Club, St. Louis

That's obvious - one can still fleche!   |-)

Jessie A. Micales

U.S. Forest Products Laboratory
Durendal Fencing Club

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Dick Ki » Sun, 20 Nov 1994 02:16:07

|> After broken fourth-finger on my wepon hand in a foil tournament (a wild
|> parry by my opponent; but I got the touch!), I added one more reason to my
|> list of:
|>
|>      THE TOP TEN REASONS TO PREFER EPEE
|>
|> 10.  ???????????????????
|>
|> Help me out folks, what do YOU consider the best reason to prefer epee?
|>

Well, one of my favorite aspects is the precision work against the arm.

A biggie is "you're allowed to fleche" but foilists can too.

-dk

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Thomas Gorm » Mon, 21 Nov 1994 21:02:37

In reference to No.4 "Anyone who can count to 5 can direct" should read

"Anyone who can count to 5 can direct epee BADLY!"

Tom Gorman
Boston FC

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Andrew Mullhau » Tue, 22 Nov 1994 16:58:15

I often prefer epee. Suppose you need to splint a broken leg and don't want to
risk a sabre, and a foil is too pliable. Well there you are. Then there are
certain people who want to learn to fence and you don't really want to turn
them away for the sake of the club dues - well there you are again! You
know you could be stranded on a desert island without your Popeil's pocket
fisherman - but never worry, an epee will do. You suddenly realize that one
of your students has such a short attention span that he can't remember any
actions, nor anything else you have ever told him: then the little voice in
the back of your mind chimes in: "epee". Oh my yes, there are millions of
reason to prefer epee...

Later,
Andrew Mullhaupt

As for that guy who thinks it's better to fence epee since your fingers
don't get mashed as much, well, I'll tell you. I get the little finger
on my weapon hand mashed at least twice a night against this one opponent
and I have tried everything I can think of short of using a French handle.

 
 
 

Top 10 reasons to prefer epee

Post by Mike Buckl » Tue, 22 Nov 1994 17:10:13

Well, I have some reasons.

     MY PERSONAL TOP TEN REASONS TO PREFER EPEE
1. I suck at foil and can't even begin to understand sabre.
2. I'm taller than most.
3. I love to remise, reprise and redouble.
4. I only have to convince the machine I'm attacking.
5. I only have to convince my opponents blade I'm parrying.
6. I like presidents who don't pay attention.
7. Nationals are usually in Quebec.
8. Easterns are there too.
9. It leaves bruises to show for your labour.  Foil and sabre just
   hurt.
10. Lucky hits count.
11. Nothing looks goofier than a toe hit.
12. Corps-a-corps can send people flying and still not earn a red card.

--

 -- Mike Buckley