Fencing

At SFC we focus on five areas for fencing;

  1. focus
  2. unification of the foil/epee and the body
  3. sensitivity with the foil/epee
  4. body balancing
  5. natural flexibility

At SFC when we talk about focus here we are talking about pre-bout focus, as well as focus during the bout. Our objective is to help the professional fencer reduce their performance worries, and anxieties,as well as reduce external worries that the fencer may be feeling before the match. For example; family andpersonal relationships, financial problems and other such day-to-day worries can directly affect a fencer’s performance under competition pressure. SFC specialises in teaching ‘moving meditation’ through breathing which helps the fencer to feel calm, grounded and peaceful regardless of the situation.

Unification of the foil/epee, and the body, requires reflex link between the legs, the body, the arms, the foil/epee and the instant mind. This means all the cells in your body are all set to the same position, whereby they are responding in synchronicity with autonomy, to the external world.

This also includes sensitivity with the foil/epee. So what do we mean here by sensitivity? It is an automatic response from the nervous system, without conscious thought, to outside stimuli. Outside stimuli here being your opponent’s foil/epee. As soon as they touch you, you can respond automatically. Sensitive response means you have superior response to the movement of their foil, and the movement of their body. Hence, you are in a better position to overcome the opponent. As soon as the opponents foil touches yours, you will respond autonomically in the correct way because you have a natural sensitive feeling to force, direction and movement. This is like a stream of water running downhill, cutting its way through the terrain naturally finding its own path to the bottom. At a professional level there is no time to think when striking back, after being struck against. SFC specialises in setting up professionals with this autonomic ‘cell’s memory’ response.

SFC also specialises in body balancing. A more common problem with professional fencing at is a tightness and soreness in the leading leg of the fencer especially around the knee joint. SFC specialises in relaxing and loosening the tension in the ligaments and tendons around the knee joint, as well is the ankle and hip. We also focus on relaxing and loosening the leading arm/shoulder of the professional fencer which, like the leading leg, tends to suffer from tightness and soreness from overuse. We feel our job of returning balance to the fencer’s legs, and body, is a top priority and to be done as soon as possible. By increasing blood circulation and helping to balance the body’s ligaments and tendons, SFC helps the fencer’s body recover and start a natural help healing process. It is very important that the body is in a comfortable, natural, relaxed state for training and for competition purposes.

SFC’s method of three-dimensional movement focuses on our ‘Eight Star’ method. This means the ankle, knee, hip, lower back, shoulder, elbow, wrist and neck are all being trained to work cohesively and as a complete system. By working all of these joints, mapping them on a 3D sphere, we bring about a life feeling to the human body. This is the complete opposite of a typical linear training method such as in a static yoga posture, a simple power lift, even a complex compound movement. SFC teaches movement as an art. This is not isolationist or reductionist. Instead it is cohesive, intuitive and completely natural.