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Since I've been spending longer and longer fencing, I'm starting to notice that after a particularly long session, the top of my ring finger, bottom of my middle finger, and inside of my thumb on my weapon hand. I've seen people taping their fingers and wrists and was wondering if you think this would be a good solution, or share your techniques with me, thanks!
I started fencing Ă©pĂ©e earlier this year and I was learned that your guard arm should be up in the air, to maintain balance. However, when I see competition videos, none of the fencers have their guard arm up. It's just next to (or even behind) the body, and it's swung back when they attack.
I'm wondering why this is done, and what advantages it offers.
Sidenote: I also see a lot of fencers who point the tip of their blade down instead of forward in competition, even when they are attacking. Why is this done? It seems so ineffective.