Fencing for the blind

Discussion in 'Disabled Martial Artists' started by Mitlov, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

    I had never heard of this before but read about it in the latest American Fencing. While not widespread like wheelchair fencing is, apparently it's been quite successful where it's been tried and, in addition to being a martial practice in its own right, has incredible benefits in terms of cane sensitivity, balance, and self-confidence.

    Students use foil rules (right-of-way, body as target) but use an epee instead of a foil, presumably for tactile feedback (an epee is a much heavier, stiffer blade).

    Video (with narration throughout):
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM1a2MWmoUE"]YouTube- Eric Sollee: Fencing at the Carroll Center for the Blind[/ame]

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2010

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