fencing

Why doesn’t fencing get more TV coverage?

World Championships 2015; EurosportFencing is not a very televisual sport, for several reasons.

Firstly, the fencers wear masks which not only makes it difficult to know who’s who, but completely disconnects the viewer from the competitors. This is one reason why, for every hit claimed, the fencers rip their masks off for a burst of emotional shouting. Just as quickly, everyone calms down, covers up and carries on. It all looks like the demented behaviour of a bunch of crazy people. …

Book: The Newcomer’s Guide to Competition Fencing

Newcomer's Guide to Competition FencingRobin Catling

In the highly technical sport of Modern Olympic Fencing, stepping up from the club to competition can seem a daunting, baffling prospect – but no longer.

This newcomer’s guide sets out the requirements, formats, rules, etiquette and the all-important technical language. All you need to take your first steps into competition without looking like a wide-eyed novice.

Ideal for the club fencer, parents of fencers or partners of fencers, the Newcomers’ Guide is based on thirty years experience from a competitor and coach.

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 4183 KB
Print Length: 192 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Proactivity Press; 1 edition (12 July 2020)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
ASIN: B08CVNQNYB
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Paperback: 150 pages
Publisher: Proactivity Press (13 July 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1916119425
ISBN-13: 978-1916119420
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm

Understanding Priority or ‘Right of Way’

Final - Challenge International de Paris 2013-01-26 Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia CommonsIn foil and sabre, the priority or ‘right of way’ is one of the most difficult concepts in fencing to understand. For these two weapons, there is no such thing as a double hit; only one fencer can score at any moment in the bout.

If only one light comes up for one side or the other, no one has to worry about priority. The priority rule determines who is the attacker and who is the defender when lights for both fencers come up on the scoring box. …