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Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 11:00 AM

... is that aggression is not always the key, it is just another useful tool. It is not uncommon for fighters to go through a period of fencing where everything is aggressive and very high energy. Pure explosiveness on the field will give you a shot against just about anybody, once. Even with better fencers, you might get away with it a few times. For the average joe shemoe you will probably take about 45-55%, which is pretty good, and the primary reason that so many people get stuck in this 'stage'.
"It's working on 50-60% of everybody and I occasionally get a WhiteScarf, why would I change?" and there are two related answers. #1 you need to improve because the longer you ride that one trick pony, the more likely it is that people will figure you out completely then your game is _dead_. #2 if you never train, never get any better than you are, you'll never _BE_ any better than you are. Is your goal to be a Maybe +/-60% fighter, or a solid 80-90% fighter?

You can ride aggression a long way, but 0-60% is all you're ever going to get.

(P.S. : really aggressive fighters tend to have HORRIBLE form; which when they do decide to finally upgrade they have to re-train. A process that sucks. If you have time to do it twice, why not do it right the first time?)

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Date: 2009-12-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dominyk.livejournal.com
Speaking as someone who used to rely totally on aggression (combined with natural handspeed) to win, as you say, about %60 of the time; I can offer a tip on how to train someone who relies heavily on aggression.

The thing that worked best for me is to realize that aggression can be applied to my overall game or to individual aspects. So I could do one riposte very aggressively as a surprise. Once I compartmentalized(mentally) aggression as a weapon, I could focus on gaining good technique and fighting strategy, part of which is unleashing aggression at the proper moment to get the kill.

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Date: 2009-12-15 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grauwulf.livejournal.com
Absolutely, it is a tool. Used correctly a very good tool, but used to excess you cease to possess the tool and simply become to the tool.

Umm hum well that's not how I meant for that to come out but you get the idea.

Very good point.

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