Fencing

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Fencing: priority over oncoming traffic

Priority rules: foil double hitIn a previous post, we looked at the priority weapons, foil and sabre, attempting to untangle the issues of fencing time and what constitutes priority over oncoming traffic.

In short, priority (or right-of-way as it is also known) is the set of rules used to determine who is awarded the point when there is a double hit in foil or sabre (that is, when both fencers hit each other in the same period of fencing time). …

What defines a parry?

Cadot vs Baldini, Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia CommonsAccording to Article t.7 (old 10) of the FIE Rules of Competition, “the parry is the defensive action made with the weapon to prevent the offensive action from arriving”.

Prevent is the key word. A successful parry deflects the threatening blade away from the target. Most referees are listening for the contact, giving the benefit of the doubt to the fencer making the parry, and few these days will declare a mal-paré. …

New cover design for The Art of Foil Fencing

Book: The Art of Foil FencingUploaded today, we have a svelte new cover design for the second edition of ‘The Art of Foil Fencing’ by Roy Stocks, edited by Robin Catling, available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Updated and re-formatted for easier reading on paper and on screen, this edition of The Art of Foil Fencing became available Internationally for the first time in the Autumn of 2019. …

WDS at Okehampton Scouts

1st Okehampton Scouts 2020We paid a return visit to 1st Okehampton Scouts this week; 24 scouts in two sessions with full metal kit in not the largest hut; no incidents and a fun time had by all. We’ll see them again in the Easter term for a little light archery.

Art of Foil Fencing 2nd Edition now on Amazon

Book: The Art of Foil FencingThe second edition of The Art of Foil Fencing by Roy Stocks, edited by Robin Catling, is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. Updated and re-formatted for easier reading on paper and on screen, this edition of The Art of Foil Fencing is available Internationally for the first time.

We still have some copies of the lay-flat paperback First Edition available for UK customers from Proactivity Press at the reduced price of £5.00 plus postage.

What defines an attack?

Pan American Games, Wilson Dias/Abr via Wikimedia CommonsBy Robin Catling.

According to Article t.7 (old 10) of the FIE rules of competition, “the attack is the initial offensive action made by extending the arm and continuously threatening the opponent’s target.”

A threatening action is one that will hit the opponent if no defensive action is taken. A threat means moving towards the target. Trajectory complicates matters as for indirect (compound) attacks or those of a cutting action, the trajectory may not be smooth or in a single line. …