The saber was the weapon of the soldiers and dueling heroes here in the Carpathian Basin for more than a thousand years. During this time it became more than a simple tool of fighting. It became a loyal companion and a symbol of valor of the wielder. This weapon and the valiant spirit of its wielders became known in Western Europe and North America via Hungarians. At the time of our settlement Western Europe feared the sight of the saber, it became a worthy opponent of the Turkish and later, after the civil war of Rákóczi it brought us honor in the wars fought at the side of foreign countries. Maybe there is no other sword type like this which reserved its significance for so long time.
The saber is not only an antique weapon of a past era, but much like a sports tool as a foil which is used at the Olympic Games.
This book contains an elaborated practical curriculum. With the help of it, the saber fencing can be learned from the basics to master level. The book guides the reader through hundreds of exercises with the help of more than a hundred photographic illustrations. These can help anyone to learn the basic moves, the more complex exercises and even the trick-cuts or disarmament.
We prove with this book that the saber fencing is a living sport and martial art.
The chapters of the book contain the whole theoretic and technical curriculum of the Assosiation of The School of The Saber. This is divided to eight levels with the corresponding exam questions (I-II. appendix). In the appendix III, we can read about the competition rules made by the association, which is used at the trainings too. The appendixes IV to VI have documentary nature, themes which are connected to the saber fencing, in my opinion. In these appendixes we can read the summary of the work of other writers who are much more skilled in the specific topics. I’ve done it because I think this knowledge should spread in wilder area, since some of these books are really rare.
All levels of the curriculum discuss the exercises and the theoretical description of the given level with the use of the following thematic.
The chapters always start with the basics, which contain the current basic steps, attacks, defences, evade and bare hand parts. After that the various techniques, the endurance and coordination exercises come. A separarate part deals with the senses and percepcion which can be improved during fencing. Then it is followed by the exercises to improve the physical body, the condition and stretching.
The curriculum has the following levels:
Level I. - beginner
Level II . - intermediate I.
Level III. - intermediate II.
Level IV. - advanced I.
Level V. - advanced II.
Level VI. - master I.
Level VII. - master II.
Level VIII. - master III.
© 2015. by Gergely Hidasi