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In Saber there are generally the three parries of Tierce, Quarte, and Quinte with two secondary parries of Prime, Seconde, and Sixte. Their descriptions are below:
Quarte-High inside parry to protect the body.
Quinte-Parry to protect head.
Tierce-A high outside parry to protect the body.
Prime-Sweeping motion that protects the inside line.
Seconde-Guarding the low outside line.
Saber fencing is ancient. It dates back to over 3000 years to Egypt with sticks, a German text in the 1300’s, and as a status symbol in the 1600’s (1). Practice became part of education where young wealthy families sent their sons to learn the art of combat. Today the sport is dominated by the French style but may also include the Spanish and Austro-Hungarian styles.