DON'T FENCE SABRE.
It just looks painful
, regardless of what hand your opponent fences with. ::shudder::
But in all seriousness, facing a left-handed opponent is hell
(for me at least), especially
, my weapon of choice.
specifically? In epee
, at least you can aim for their extended left hand and arm. In foil
you cannot; you have to go for their torso. The kicker, though, is that they defend their torso entirely differently than a right-handed opponent--when you face a lefty in epee
, you pretty much go after their hands and arms just as you would a right-handed opponent (it's just a protruding extremity, after all), but the chest is another beast completely because all of their parries and attack
s are inverted
. I HATE fencing lefties.
You can also "prove" that left-handed fencers have a statistical advantage by the informal matrix below:
Right-handed fencer vs. right-handed fencer
Right-handed fencer vs. left-handed fencer: Normal for the lefty, awkward
for the righty.
Left-handed fencer vs. right-handed fencer: Normal for the lefty, awkward for the righty.
Left-handed fencer vs. left-handed fencer: Awkward for both.
So, you have a matrix in which a right-handed fencer is awkward anytime they're facing a left-handed fencer, while a left-handed fencer is only awkward while facing another lefty--and even then, they're BOTH awkward, so no one has a clear advantage
I HATE fencing lefties.