Sabre Performance from the Ground Up


5.5 hours


40 participants


Group exercise room (piste preferable)

Biomechanics is the study of how the laws of motion apply to a living, breathing body.

The first law of biomechanics for the athlete is that power moves from the ground up: generated in the feet, charged in the hips and core and released through the shoulders, wrists and hands. This is what you are made for.

In sabre, we can leverage this law and others to integrate technique and athleticism and generate smarter movements: more power, more speed, less injury, less effort.

In this two-day, 10-hour sabre workshop, learn how to create:

  • explosive lunges
  • light, quick bladework
  • breath control and endurance
  • injury resilience

And ensure continued improvement through:

  • New training drills and novel cueing for existing routines
  • Individualized training and bouting methods
  • Techniques for assessing yourself, your teammates and your opponents.
Day 1: Lower Body Kinematics


Crawl before you can walk, stand before you advance. Learn elements for proper weight distribution and how different distribution patterns change patterns of motion. Learn that you can sweat without moving a muscle.

Barefoot Drills

The rigid sole of most fencing shoes creates compensation in the foot and ankle. Learn drills, both solo and partnered, for mitigating the potential for injury and increasing power transfer between the foot and and the hip.


Preparing the hips to accept explosive load is easily accomplished with resistance training. Lifting drills and cues that will enhance your stance, advance, lunge and retreat.


Meat and Potatoes of Day 1. Learn about transverse plane forces and markers for a biomechanically efficient lunge.

Fall Drills

Falling is an incredibly powerful way to alter neuromuscular patterns. Learn multiple drills, their applications and expected outcomes.

Day 2: Upper Body Kinematics


The hand, like the foot, manages forces in a very specific way, understanding the mechanics of grip is essential.

Projectile Power

Bulk of Day 2. Human bodies are built to throw; leverage those mechanics for more power and injury resilience.

Core Work

The role of most of the muscles in your upper body is just to move your arms; redefine “core work” as something you do to channel more force from the hips to the hands.


An extension of core work, learn drills and cool downs that demonstrate the power of breath to maintain or interrupt the kinetic chain.

“The Reembody workshop with Kevin Moore was an excellent educational experience for anyone in the fitness industry- or anyone who just wants to move without pain. I appreciated Kevin's enthusiasm, sense of humor, and and logical approach to assessing movement. He definitely helped me find more efficiency in my body and re-think how I move.”

Erin Nichole Boyt -Dancer/choreographer/group fitness instructor

After watching us fence for only a short time, Kevin rebuilt our technique from the ground up, helping us move faster and more efficiently, and—most importantly—with lasting effects. I was really impressed by Kevin's ability to read our bodies and offer tailored advice. As well as making us better fencers, he fixed my knee problems!

Nick Irving
Sabre Coach at VRI Fencing Club
Victoria, Australia