In this final post, I will show two simple yet very effective reactive drills I use with one of my clients training for Saber fencing for the 2012 Olympic games. In terms of reactive agility training, you can utilize audio, visual or even kinesthetic cues.
As it was difficult to video myself and the client, I chose to use audio cues for this post so you could see the drills. I also use visual cues to train her with these same reactive movements. In this drill, the focus is precise quick footwork in a linear pattern. I have also added in some left and right linear movements as the athlete does lunge or attack off center in certain instances during a match.
In many cases, success in fencing is defined by inches. The ability to anticipate the opponent’s movements and react faster is crucial. We use several of these drills to work on her footwork in space. Keep in mind that the progression from simple planned agility drills to more complex reactive agility training yields optimal results.
With that said, strive for repetition and mastery fo the most crucial movement patterns/skills and avoid temptation to get too creative. Use drills that train precise movements in applicable spaces for appropriate time intervals. Focusing on this mix will elevate performance and get those inches you need in sport.