guide to fencing: Keep your sword up
By Jordan Bell
Western football team may be big and mean, but they aren't the scariest
team on campus that designation must adorn the Western fencing
team, in lieu of their trusty swords.
The riposte and parry, however, aren't household terms like the interception
and the touchdown. Fortunately, The Gazette is your source for fencing
Without further ado, we present you with all you need to know about the
ancient sport of fencing.
Epee: Derived from the duelling sword. Hits are scored
with the point, anywhere on the opponent's body. There is no right of
way (rules of play in foil or sabre requiring a fencer to defend himself
from attack before having right to attack).
Foil: Originally used as a practice weapon by duellists.
Hits are scored with the point on the torso of the body (not arms, legs
or head). Subject to right of way.
Sabre: Derived from the cavalry sword. Hits are scored
with the point and the edge, anywhere above the waist. Subject to right
Attack: An offensive action designed to hit the opponent.
1. Simple attack an attack made with one movement either direct
(in the same line) or indirect (in another line).
2. Compound attack an attack which includes one or more feints
(offensive movement made to resemble an attack in order to draw
reaction from opponent).
Counter-attack: An attack made while the opponent is
attacking (attacking the opponent's attack).
Stop hit: A counter-offensive action consisting of a
straight thrust made when the opponent is attacking or making a preparation.
Riposte: A reply to an attack (takeover of offense) initiated
by fencer who has parried the attack.
Counter-riposte: An offensive action, which follows the
parry of a riposte.
Remise: The renewal of an attack while remaining in the
lunge without making any further arm or blade movements.
Reprise: The renewal of an attack, which includes a return
to the guard position.
Parry: A defensive action made by deflecting the opponent's
attack with the blade.
En garde: The "on guard" position (feet shoulder width
apart, front foot pointing at opponent, rear foot perpendicular to front
foot and knees flexed).
Fencing time: The time required to perform a single fencing
Counter-time: A planned sequence of actions, determined
by the opponent's response to the first action of the sequence.