Professor Dr. Berndt Barth, born in 1941, has taught training methodology at the university level for many years and is the author of numerous articles and books about fencing. He is the secretary general of the Deutscher Fechter-Bund (German Fencing Federation) and has chaired that association’s Committee on Education and Training Methodology since 1990. Katrin Barth, born in 1966, has been a teacher of elementary education for ten years. She has personally completed the basic education, as well as the fundamental- and advanced training in fencing.
This work, with its child appropriate uncomplicated text and motivating illustrations, was written for a child’s hand. By inviting the child to complete individual tasks, to solve puzzles, to answer questions and to complete drawings, the book achieves the feel of a workbook. The little cartoon character “Foily” accompanies the reader throughout the book, as he offers tips and invites the child to practice independently. The contents correspond to the most basic level of fencing training. It is intended as a teaching tool for fencing instructors and trainers, to help promote understanding of the sport of fencing with the fencing students, and to improve independence in training. For the parents of fencing children it is an important motivational companion to fencing instruction.
The Art and Science of Fencing
Nick Evangelista has taught fencing for more than 30 years. He is also the author of The Art and Science of Fencing.
Often thought of as an activity just for actors or an elite few, fencing is actually an ideal sport for people of all ages. Fencing develops dexterity, endurance, flexibility, grace, and overall fitness, while also allowing participants the opportunity to hone the mind’s problem-solving abilities. It is easily learned and practiced by both young and old, men and women, boys and girls. It has even been molded to fit the needs of the blind and individuals using wheelchairs. This is truly a sport for everyone. The Art and Science of Fencing covers everything from the history of the sport to the specifics of fencing technique, including the psychology of fencing, types of fencing weapons, biographies of great fencers, and information on selecting a fencing school and getting started in the sport. This book is a necessity for everyone who’s ever seen an Errol Flynn movie and thought “Hey, that could be me!”