THE 3 SECOND RULE APPLIES TO ALL WEAPONS
Ever leave the strip wondering why a loss occurred? - The thought lingers in your head, “I was better than my opponent, why did I lose?”
To realize that the outcome of a bout is due to more than a rating, points on list or strip coaching - that is when the real magic starts to happen.
This is the “Rite of Passage” for all fencers who wish to grow and seek out success in fencing. Unfortunately, this moment of revelation does not come easy.
So, what is the 3 second rule? The 3 seconds I am referring to are the 3 seconds between a touch and the “On Guard” command by the referee.
What are your thoughts during this time period in a bout?
“I can’t believe I just gave that touch away.”
“I can’t I lose to this fencer.”
“I don’t understand my coach.”
“I wish everyone would stop trying to help me.”
The list can go on, but the point is made.(No pun intended)
You should be thinking about the last touch! What actions took place to create the last touch and how to apply that experience to the next touch.
You must make adjustments based on real time information. Can you think during the action? Yes, but don’t get caught thinking.
These 3 seconds are often overlooked and wasted. Maybe your trying to catch your breath from repeating the same actions, only faster, but it’s still not working. In any case, when you are fencing, adjustments must be made and to make them, you must evaluate your opponent after each and every touch.
Don’t take my word for it, just watch the bouts in the semifinals the next time you’re at an event.