Shorter fencers have many difficulties and disadvantages compared to taller fencers who have more reach. I know this all too well myself! I’m five foot six, or around 167 cm in height, and most of my opponents are taller than me – it is not so common for me to find a sparring partner who is my size or smaller.
As I have learned how to fence in a functional and effective fashion despite my size, I have written some of my thoughts into articles for this website. Hopefully my experience and ideas can help other short fencers learn to perform more successfully.
I have also written a summary of my philosophy for training and teaching, that I plan to keep updated and relevant as I write further articles on more topics. It is probably worth reading, as well as the following individual articles.
General advice for sparring
Video tutorials on cutting mechanics
Sparring videos with commentary
Choosing your training sword
General advice for the long-term
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