VIDEO: Three Master Fencers Battle Fifty Novices

May 2, 2014 - Video


“..It bears mentioning that this is not a no-holds-barred engagement. In modern fencing, a large portion of the body – sometimes the entire body – is a valid target; but in this exercise, the aim of expert and amateur alike is to puncture a balloon on their opponent’s chest. This, one would think, puts the master fencers, with their superior dexterity, at a distinct advantage. And yet, the three of them are seriously outnumbered. So what happens? Do the professional fencers dominate, or are they overwhelmed?

Well… neither, actually. Jason Kottke gives a good summary of the dynamic that takes shape…”    [ Read more:  Something Weird Happens When Three Master Fencers Battle Fifty Novices ]