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leyline
-6th May 2014, 15:42
You may have read my post asking about off-season crosstraining (here (http://www.fencingforum.com/forum/showthread.php?19042-Your-off-season-training-recommendations-%28Sadly-sans-fencing%29)).

But since fencing is very mental and neural, in my deplorable off-season I was thinking I might try a shadowfencing regime in addition to general fitness activities. That is, as in shadowboxing, you spar with an imaginary opponent. This can either be solely in your imagination or by acting it out in real life. I think in combination with studying bout videos, some of the mental atrophy will be slowed in the absence of real fencing.

I want to hear if you shadowfence, and everything about how you do it.

Shivi
-2nd September 2014, 01:05
I'm guessing that your off-season training will be coming to a close soon and I'm arriving late to the discussion. Apologies. I've been shadow-fencing for some years without having a term for it (till now - thanks!) coz i train alone for the most part. After stretching and warm up, i do a series of footwork sequences, usually without a weapon. Then, usually with a weapon but sometimes without, I do a little target practice against a pad taped to the wall to get my hand in gear. After that, i do some shadow fencing but it only works (for me) if I give myself a set scenario and my feet and hand are already warm (that could be age talking but I like to think that it's how I would want to be warmed up before a bout). The scenario could be something like me making a second intention feint, then moving through the imagined or anticipated responses. Or I'll act out an attack that fails and that I have to recover from either with distance while dialing through a series of parries or with different counter ripostes.
Did you shadow fence much during your off season? Was it useful?

Oh, and by the way, I do my shadow fencing in a dimly lit hallway and only when it is highly unlikely for there to be any passersby!

Harryscott
-3rd September 2014, 08:29
You may have read my post asking about off-season crosstraining (here (http://www.fencingforum.com/forum/showthread.php?19042-Your-off-season-training-recommendations-%28Sadly-sans-fencing%29)).

But since fencing is very mental and neural, in my deplorable off-season I was thinking I might try a shadowfencing regime in addition to general fitness activities. That is, as in shadowboxing, you spar with an imaginary opponent. This can either be solely in your imagination or by acting it out in real life. I think in combination with studying bout videos, some of the mental atrophy will be slowed in the absence of real fencing.

I want to hear if you shadowfence, and everything about how you do it.

Have you (has anyone) tried Wii fencing? I haven't and I'm guessing it's not terribly realistic - but maybe it could be made more so. http://youtu.be/pgKeDvuUWAo

SabreCoop
-15th September 2014, 11:07
Have you (has anyone) tried Wii fencing? I haven't and I'm guessing it's not terribly realistic - but maybe it could be made more so. http://youtu.be/pgKeDvuUWAo

I've tried Wii fencing before and whilst it's not particularly realistic it's quite fun. The footwork control isn't great but it kept me moving. Better than nothing.