Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|While fencing, combatants can move around freely within a ten-foot diameter circle?||Fencing Basics
f. Fencing is done on a strip, 6 feet wide, 44 feet long straight path. Going off of the strip, either to the side or by going too far back, is a penalty.
The special second jacket used in foil and sabre fencing, to register touches by machine. A lame, pronounced lam-ay, is used to register touches with electronic equipment. Unlike Epee, where the whole body is a target, sabre and foil have limited target areas, and the lame allows only hits to those areas to register.
|What does it mean if you're given a Black Card at a tournament?||Fencing Basics
You have committed an offense so grievous, you're being told to leave the tournament. A Black Card is not given lightly. It can be given for insulting your opponent or director in an extreme manner (swearing), throwing equipment, being deliberately disruptive or destructive, and more. Fencing is about honor and sportsmanship, and violations are taken seriously. The shoelace will cause a stop in a bout, but no penalties unless you are deliberately tying it so badly as to have to retie it every other minute. Having no spare weapon would be a yellow card, but generally someone nearby would lend you a blade. And losing and being done with your matches is unfortunate, but you aren't kicked out of the building.
The starting posture and position that signals you are ready to begin. French for 'On Guard', it is the basic posture of a fencer. The director will say En Garde, or 'Fencers Ready', as a signal that the bout is about to begin/continue.
|If the whole body is an acceptable target, what weapon would you be using?||Fencing Basics
Epee. Epee is based on 'first blood' dueling. You didn't have to kill someone to be the victor, just make them bleed. It didn't matter if it was their chest, their arm, or anywhere, you won.
|Which weapon is an 'edged weapon', meaning to successfully hit, you must hit with the edge and not the tip of the weapon?||Fencing Basics
Sabre. The sabre is based on the weapon of the cavalry, where the only attack that could really be made was a slash, since it's hard to hit with the point from atop a horse.
3. All three weapons; foil, sabre, and epee, come from the days of dueling. Now we duel for points, not blood.
A lunge combined with a disengage at the end. A disengage is where you circle around your opponents blade and hit near the shoulder (if you're aiming right).
|Some right handed fencers are afraid of what?||Fencing
Left handed fencers. Okay, so all of these things would make a fencer scared. But lefties are just downright evil, there is hardly anyway to get to a valid target area!
|If the director calls a 'parry four riposte', what did you just do?||Fencing
Block your opponents blade and scored a point. This is another basic fencing move. My coach is always asking me how many words parry four riposte is, it's three, but it's one move, which was his point. I would parry and forget to riposte, which isn't horribly bad, you just don't get a point. (Parry-four refers to where you hold your arm while you're en guarde).
|If the direct calls a 'parry', it means you just did what?||Fencing
Blocked the opponents blade. A parry is one of the most basic fencing moves, however, it is not sufficient if used by itself. You should either retreat (means to back up) while doing so, or just block and riposte (riposte is to attack after parrying).
The next people to fence. The director will call whose "on deck" so the fencers know to be ready. The term "on strip" is who is being called to fence at that moment.
|In a tournament, a "DE" bout is a what?||Fencing
Direct Elimination. DE bouts can be such a pain. It doesn't matter how well you did in pools (pools is just a chart saying who fences who, you fight those bouts to get total points and to determine who you fence the first DE with), because if you lose the DE bout, you're out of the tournament.
|In a dry bout ('Dry bout' means that you are fencing without any electric equipment), how many judges are needed?||Fencing
4. There are two judges for each fencer. They watch to see who attacks first, or if the attack is off target.
The vest-like jacket worn over your uniform when doing an electric bout. A lame is an electric jacket used in foil and sabre. They have wires running through the target areas, so when a fencer hits that spot, it will set off the score machine.
|Which weapon do you have the least target area with?||Fencing
Foil. The target area in foil is the upper torso. With epee, it is the whole body. (Yes, you can hit his foot, and you score!) Sabre is all around the body as well, but you must slash (or hit with the edge) to score.
3. There are three weapons; foil, sabre and epee.