General fitness is only the first step in getting in shape for a good
level of fencing fitness, so do not waste your time going to the gym!
Specialists in all kinds of sports long ago realized that sport
specific training and fitness development is the most efficient way
for athletes to train, for example, in soccer, no player should ever
run without a soccer ball!
The importance of motor reaction training has been scientifically
proved in astronauts, pilots and other skills based professions as
well as in the preparation of high performance athletes in all kinds
of sport. Dr David Tyshler started his research in fencing development
in the 1960’s and his son, Dr Gennady Tyshler, has continued this work
during the past few decades.
The Tyshler Training Device (TTD) has eight different training
programs – which could be used to generate an infinity of fencing
exercises in addition to the ones listed in this instruction manual
(more to come). The device is programmed to generate different sounds
and signals to train simple motor reactions, choice reactions (choice
between two possible actions), switching reactions (switching from a
chosen action to a different one), anticipation of distance, footwork
and much more besides!! These specially created exercises were
approved by Russian State University of physical education and science
supporting group of the Russian National Fencing Team.
Everyone knows that to achieve good results in sport, or indeed in any
endeavor, requires commitment and a regular schedule and training a
few times a day and five days per week. The difficulty is how to
combine this training time with your work and personal life – a
problem now made much easier with the TTD – which simulates fencing
bouts, individual lessons with your coach and help you with the
footwork training. Repetition and focused isolated training of the
most frequent and effective actions and movements used during a
fencing bout or lesson, creates new possibilities for fencers to
improve not only their technical proficiency, but also their speed,
accuracy with the point, reactions and decision making times that one
has to solve during a bout.
The TTD bout simulator was created in order to help fencers of all
levels in their training and development of fencing techniques and
fitness. This small, portable training device, simply attached to your
wrist, can be used anywhere – the fencing hall, your gym and even on
the beach! In addition to honing your fencing fitness, it will aid
towards your general fitness regime, especially those times when work
and family life compound, it is impossible to steal even a few hours