Foil: The French grips held delicately with thumb and fore finger…..the other fingers just “aids” The light grip gives way to speed of attack and subtle beats and blade work using finesse rather than strength.
I have heard this. I have read this. I have rarely seen this. Many of the people in our club have a death grip on their weapon. Their nerves are coiled and their arms tense as iron. There is strong and wide flailing, followed by moving out of distance and then repeating the process. Even if I had the ability to fence this weapon well, I could not. I see no way for a delicate grip to match the strong armed panicky flails. You are forced to fence the same way.
I look at the slender blade of a foil and see that it was never intended for this type of action. Give me an epee blade. If you want to use force in that weapon, I can generally give as good as I get.
Henri's bunny ears are the only thing that made foil tolerable. Gosh..... it was awful.
Tonight is my wife's birthday, so no sabre for Jim. Our anniversary this month falls on epee night. I have already discussed this with Anne. As long as she gets a fancy dinner out some place, she does notcare what night it is on. The beauty of being married for twenty-six years.( I think it is 26..it might be 27. I need to look it up.)