The GB Style

The GB Style provides for a technical and tactical framework for coaches to support their athletes as they build their fencing specific skills and move through the pathway stages.

It sets out what a GBR fencer is expected to be able to do from a technical and tactical perspective.

It also creates a common reference point and terminology for coaches and athletes when they come together to train or compete.

The technical and tactical framework is built around the fundamental ‘3 P’s: Perceive, Predict and Provoke. These  define a framework of space/distance and time:

  • Perceive – Keep out of critical distance – Ensure the opponent commits to a decision first and that you’re prepared to react
  • Predict – Pre-meditated setting of distance – Ensure your action happens at the moment of the opponent’s predicted reaction (not too early nor too late)
  • Provoke – Maintain or reach critical distance – Start before your opponent with provocation and commit to your final action after their reaction

Based on the 3 P’s each weapon has its own defined GB style.  This is reviewed on a regular basis by the weapon coaches on the Athlete Development Programme.


Return to the Weapons Framework Page to find out more about the Weapons Framework.

Return to the Pathway Zone to find out more about the Athlete Development Pathway.

Return to ‘The ADP Zone‘ to find out more information about the work that we do.




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