Hey guys, I'll just get straight to the point. My thumb hurts from clashing weapon guards (sabre). I hold it close to this. My thumb is always the one getting the beating, is there anything that I can improve? Also, I don't have proper fencing shoes right now, is that why I'm getting some lower back pain? I think it's because my back isn't straight most of the time though. Thanks!
Does you guys know of any ways to get more ballsy when attacking? What I mean by that is not being afraid to go for targets that are open. Time and again i'll see opponents expose parts of their body or I'll parry and clear their blade, but not follow up with an attack or riposte. Is there a certain mindset that I should have? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.