Sabre Grade 8

Demonstrate: (with coach or partner)

While following your partner’s steps forward and backward:

  1. Maintain step-lunge distance and choose the moment to make a compound Attack using a Balestra lunge or Balestra Steps lunge depending on your partner’s reaction
  2. Maintain distance and as your partner steps forward with a feint either:
    • Move away and defend using successful parries, or
    • Counter-attack with lunge using a circular beat
  3. Step forward to draw a stop cut to arm and parry-riposte with a lunge

From a stationary position:

  1. With the sabre held in a low position, parry into Tierce, Quarte or Quinte when your partner attacks and make an indirect riposte
  2. Beat cut to arm with a step, beat cut to cheek with a lunge and beat cut to head with a Balestra Lunge and with increasing speed
  3. Stop cut, redouble-parry-riposte combinations


  1. Compound and double preparations
  2. Your understanding of distance, timing and speed in fencing
  3. Prise de fer actions