Novel Lunge Biomechanics in Modern Sabre Fencing

Ακαδημία Ιστορικών Ευρωπαϊκών Πολεμικών Τεχνών


‘The Impact of Technology on Sport VI’ 7th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, APCST 2015


Sabre is one of the three disciplines in the sport of fencing, characterised by the use of a lightweight cutting weapon to score hits on an opponent while maneuvering for position with rapid and dynamic footwork. One of the main techniques is the lunge: an explosive extension of the fencer’s body propelled by the non-dominant (ND) leg in which the dominant (D) leg is kicked forward. The lunge provides both power and range (up to 3m) to the fencer and helps accelerate the sword for a rapid strike. Classical fencing lunges differ in style but share a common mechanism: a forward leap originating in the ND leg that powers rotation in a highly mobile thoracic cage. A new generation of fencers has begun to deviate from the classical lunge mechanism in recent years with…

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