SKA Swordplay Books
Books that fencers need! Since 1997
Check all 3 of our newest titles: Advice to a Sword-Wielding Maniac, Epee 2.5, The Master's Notebook
The Master's Notebook: A Fenceer's Journey, by Remy Delhomme. For French teen Jean Dupuis, growing up is like fighting a duel every day. Especially because he’s a fencer. It’s a time of testing. Jean and his fencing buddies (Pitt, Tox, and Zubb) love to fight with swords and to make terrible puns. Now they are facing their biggest competition of the year – the Cadet Nationals of France. Jean’s eccentric fencing master has just given him the most humiliating lesson of his life, then told Jean that he will not be at the Nationals to coach his team. Jean has even more on his mind. He’s worried about becoming another conformist adult. He can’t stand his dysfunctional family. He’s bewildered by the beautiful Zoé, who teases him unmercifully, and he still has to fence the tournament. Worst of all, Jean has stolen his fencing master’s precious notebook and feels terrible about it. But the notebook proves to be his strongest ally, because every time he opens it, he finds advice that deals with the problems he is facing at that moment. But he gets off to a terrible start. Will the notebook be enough to get him past the pools? Can it help him solve the riddle of Zoé? And where is Master Estavel? This is a story of the fast-tracked education of a young man’s duel with himself, his parents, the adult world, and his fencing adversaries. Jean’s journey is the one that faces every aspiring champion.
Epee 2.5, by Johan Harmenberg, -- with two other World and Olympic champions, an Olympic Silver Medalist, a World Team Champion and elite national coach, and an IFA champion. Johan revolutionized epee fencing when he pioneered the New Fencing Paradigm that lets a fencer neutralize his opponent’s superior technique. In this new, expanded edition of Epee 2.0, he hears comments from top competitors and gives his responses. He still tells his exciting story. Johan had given up on serious fencing because he thought he lacked the talent to fence classically. He left his native Sweden to pursue his education at MIT. Here he met Eric Sollee, an innovative coach. Together, they mapped out the “New Fencing Paradigm, scribbling Eric’s Three Conjectures on a bar napkin. Johan put the New Paradigm into effect – with a vengeance. He won the World Championship in Men’s Individual Epee in 1977 and the Olympic Gold Medal in 1980. In this ground-breaking book, reveals the theory behind his success. Björne Väggö, NCAA epee champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, explains his own take on the New Paradigm, and Geoff Pingree, IFA epee champion, tells how the paradigm developed at MIT, In this new edition, new voices join the conversation: world and Olympic individual champions Arndt Schmitt (Germany) and Philippe Boisse (France) plus Swiss national coach and world team champion Angelo Mazzoni. They share their winning methods, their insights, and their comments on Johan’s theories, and he replies to their comments. He has also added new chapters, including a scientific paper on a study that put his ideas to the test.
Advice to a Sword-Wielding Maniac, by N. S. Shifrin. This delightful book for newcomers tells how to have fun and start fencing at any age. All you need to know about how to begin: choosing a club and coach, equipment care, goal-setting, tournament tips, and much more. This is the perfect reference for home, club, or competition venue.
What people are saying
“What a charming book it is! This book covers every aspect a novice to fencing should know.”— Elizabeth Beguinet, Former Associate Director of USA Fencing’s Coaches College
“…Very good advice and insightful and amusing adjunct material for a potential beginner up to the low intermediate fencer.” — Professor Peter Harmer, Ph.D., ATC. Chief Medical Officer of USA Fencing
"Well written and filled with good advice and worthwhile information. I enjoyed it immensely!” — Dan DeChaine Member of the S.E.M.I. Commission of the International Fencing Federation; long-time armorer, referee, competitor, and coach
A great book for ALL fencers and fencer parents”. — Rudy Volkmann, Author, Big Book of Fencing, and Coach, Augusta Fencing Club
“…a wonderful read!!!!” — Ron Kilby, coach, referee, and co-owner of Southern Oregon Fencing Center. Softcover, ISBN 978-1480015524 $19.95