King David by Semyon Pinkhasov

King David, 2009

King David is a documentary explaining what is fencing. The main character of this film is David Tyshler, former champion, internationally known coach and an author of more than 40 books on fencing. This sport, which could be considered an “ancient” activity, enjoys its revival, engaging huge following among young athletes. Professor Tyshler tells of successes and disappointments of his athletic career, expressing an opinion not only on fencing, but sharing his views about psychology and history of competitive sports. Additionally, his observations are further developed in dialogs with amateur fencers and professional coaches, telling their stories while trying to answer key question: What is fencing and why is it so important?