- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Laureate Press; 2nd edition (January 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 188452804X
- ISBN-13: 978-1884528040
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On Fencing Paperback – January, 1994
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Aldo Nadi places his many decades of fencing instruction into text form for all of us to use and enjoy. He provides the reader with his "secrets" gleaned through his fencing education, techniques, and learned and natural talents.
In this book, Nadi states that "teaching fencing is much more difficult than might be generally supposed." He then launches into a treatise of the history of the sword, the importance of footwork, the lunge, proper attack techniques, parry-ripostes, counterattacks, and much more.
I feel that this book is a model of fencing instruction, that is devoted to the sport, nay art, of fencing. Nadi's insights into the "psychology of combat" are revealing of the authority to which he speaks through his instructions.
The reader will find this text very easy to understand and incorporate into their personal fencing regimen. For novice or advanced fencers, this book is a must read! What else needs to be said. This is a great instructional/tutorial text. Superb! Five stars.
-A great degree of detail and thoroughness. Nadi meticuluously develops each concept and writes clearly enough that the concepts can be grasped from the text.
-The emphasis on form is important, and Nadi makes it clear that form matters.
-The text is well structured and organized, so a fencer can quickly refer to the things he or she wants to work on.
-The emphasis on good fencing manners. As long as there really is respect, "excessive manners" is not possible. Modern American sport fencers can be sloppy about good manners, but when the coaches don't correct them, that rankles. If a fencer takes nothing else away from Nadi, manners matter.
What's not so good:
-Nadi is a big advocate of Nadi. Yes, he was a great fencer, yes, he won again and again, yes, he fought in a 'real' duel. These things make him a great fencer, but don't contribute to the clarity of his prose.
-Nadi spends a lot of time discussing the management of an Italian foil with a crossbar, and the use of the wrist strap. Neither are in common usage today, and the wrist strap wasn't relevant to the management of the sword prior the obsolesence of the sword in the early 1800s. This piece of the book detracts from the merits of the rest of the book.
-Although Nadi extolls fencing as a pursuit for anyone, he possessed a rare physique (over 6' and about 130 lbs) but ideal for sport fencing. Discussion of alternate approaches for those of us with less than ideal physiques for fencing would have been very welcome.
I got as much out of either Dominico Angelo or Bazancourt's books. Nadi is great for an experience sport fencer, but shouldn't be the first text for anyone, and probably would be wasted on inexperienced or classical fencers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aldo Nadi himself acknowledged, that he altered his footwork in terms of technique during the actual fencing bout, contrary to what this book teaches. Read morePublished 17 months ago by E. M. Hobo
I fenced for 8 years before I read this book and ONLY THEN did I truly understand how to lunge. Aldo Nadi's technique and approach to fencing is incredible and timelessly... Read morePublished on August 5, 2004 by Jeffrey M Ventura
Excellent book. My experience is not in fencing. Nonetheless, Nadi's book can be applied to most martial arts. Read morePublished on February 9, 2003 by Antonio Bustillo
I am a fairly new fencer, and I found this book both stimulating and full of great ideas. Learning the history before getting involved in fencing is invaluable, and the chapter... Read morePublished on November 30, 2001 by Amazon Customer
A glimpse into a forgotten world where men fenced to prove thier worth and women fenced to lose weight. Quite apart from that, this is an incredibly useful book. Read morePublished on July 8, 2001 by Pavel G.
Keep in mind several things. #1.The Nadi book is over fifty years old. #2. Nadi was not built like 90% of the people in the modern day United States. Read morePublished on June 15, 1999 by William Gomez (email@example.com)
Also Nadi is almost as great a narrator as he is a fencer. The instruction will prove to be a bit wordy for the novice, but this book is an amazing tribute to the sport he lived. Read morePublished on May 4, 1998
The current trend in fencing puts much emphasis on winning rather on the form. It is disheartening to watch fencers fence witout respect accorded to tradition. Read morePublished on January 5, 1998