It depends a bit on exactly how basic the principles we are talking about are, but I'll agree with this statement. I used to draw a fair amount of inspiration from The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee, who in turn directly lifted a large amount of material from fencing texts.
Power is speed + leverage right? As Schismatic noted my power came from a very quick fleche (first step) not from the arm. I'll agree that punching or whipping brutally with a blade is the height of boorishness and has no place in civilized competition.
There is a stick that takes the place of the blade, they aren't just waving around handles.
You seem to be confusing power with strength
Dude. It's a combat sport. I would always tone down the power on the practice floor or against the fairer sex but when it comes to competition versus men, it's on. I catch you making some weak sauce parries you better believe I'm going to throw a hard cut and see if I can power through it.
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