Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A to Z: Nouvieme

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My A to Z theme is fencing and swordplay, focusing mainly on fencing terminology, but with a few favorite movie fencing moments thrown into the mix too.


Nouvieme: an unconventional parry (#9) sometimes described as blade behind the back, pointing down (a variant of octave), other times similar to elevated sixth.

My fencing coach actually taught this one, even though he stated at the time that it was unlikely that any of us would use it, unless we went to the Olympic level. I have searched and searched for pictures or video of this unconventional party - I know I've seen it somewhere - but I can't seem to find it.

The closest thing I found, and it doesn't look like what I learned, is in the Princess Bride Sword Fight scene between 2:07 and 2:10. The man in black does it, but it's pretty low, and the nouvieume I remember was up higher.



I love that scene! Love, love, love it. It not only captures some well-done stage fencing by actors who've been trained by a fencing coach, but it also captures some of what I consider to be saber fencer attitude.

Happy A to Z!

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Think I caught the moment. The blade was very low behind his back.

E.J. Wesley said...

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." :D

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - yes, it was! Good catch!

E.J. - Inconceivable! :D

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

What a fun theme for A to Z! Very cool. :)
I love that movie! Best ever. ;)

jaybird said...

Mad props for including The Princess Bride in your A-Z challenge. LOVE that movie!! :)

Mark Means said...

Great scene and, when you can use a clip from TPB, you know you have a great post! :)

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

I wonder why Princess Bride is such a cult hit with people.

Julie Flanders said...

Love the Princess Bride. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Interesting to know the name of the move. Great post!

Susan Kane said...

I love this post! Perfect sword fight--almost watched it twice!

Al Diaz said...

I also love that scene and my powerful sight caught the move in just the second replay, hahaha.

Madeline Jane said...

Fencing and sword fighting in general always leave me astounded. If I had a sword, and someone was trying to cut me in half, I would probably be waving it like a maniac, or out in the first 15 seconds. ;)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Rachel - Thanks! I think it's one of the best movies ever too.

Jaybird - Thanks! Princess Bride is one of my favorites!

Mark - Thanks! :)

Michael - you don't like it? Inconceivable! I don't think I can explain why I like it so much, but I just do.

Julie - me too! :)

Golden Eagle - Thanks!

Susan - Yes, it's tempting to watch it more than once. :)

Al - just the second one? I watched it three or four times to catch the right moment. :)

Madeline Jane - Waving like a maniac would work for a bit. :)