I don't actually qualify as a novice yet because I'm still only
thinking about trying fencing, I'd have to started to study it to be a
Anyway I just have a few questions. I have been looking around on the
internet for information about fencing, and I am not sure exactly what
the difference is between classical and sport fencing and why some
classical fencers despise sport fencing (even though it appears sport
fencing is what they do at the Olympics, so you'd think that even if
you end up not having what it takes to get that far, you'd at least
want to study that version).
I am trying to find a good introductory book prior to taking any
lessons. I want to know a bit more before I join a club (I wonder if
The Big Book of Fencing would be a good bet -
Another question I have is why a club would focus totally on epee, I
thought you had to start with foil, but this club
(http://www.eastlondonfencing.ca/) says that training is done with
epee. What if I want to do sabre? I don't know if I would, but it
would be nice to have some experience with each type before deciding.
I don't know what the differences are between the schools. People talk
about the French School, the Italian School, the Spanish School...
Some people say the pistol grip is bad, you should use this type of
grip, others say the opposite. (The same as with classical vs sport -
and the arguments are to a beginner equally persuasive.)