The next development day takes place this Sunday, 3rd November 2013.
Venue: St. Gabriel’s School, Sandleford Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BD
The theme for the day is ‘Team Work’
As well as training, there will be ideas about working and competing as a team. Continue reading Southern Region Hub Nov. 3rd
This year’s Hampshire Open Fencing competition, held over two days at the magnificent modernist Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, saw New Forest Fencers at all levels of competition in what was a demanding but friendly event.
In the Women’s events, Sway’s Dawn Townsend fought the double of Senior Foil and Veterans Foil, while Victoria Pritchard made her first foray outside County and Regional events to her first Open, at which a large field of National and International competitors presented her biggest challenge to date. Continue reading Sway Medals at Hampshire Open
Forest Fencers Take County Medals
This year’s Hampshire County Foil competition saw New Forest foilists awarded more medals, with an all-Sway final in the ladies’ Foil 1 event bringing gold and silver. A further ladies’ gold and men’s bronze in the Foil 2 rounded out the results for the local teams.
A strong Foil-1 event, again held at Hordle Walhampton School, saw the whole field split into pools to play short three-minute bouts, the winner being the first to five hits. After two rounds of pools, they were seeded according to the number of victories, with Dawn Townsend and Vicki Pritchard ranked 1st and 2nd, and Lauren Begbour close behind in 5th. Continue reading Forest Fencers Take County Medals
There are three weapons in modern fencing, each with different rules and target areas:
• Foil is the foremost training weapon
• Sabre is a former cavalry weapon
• Epée is descended from the a duelling weapon
The oldest of the three competitive weapons is the foil. The foil is a thrusting weapon, up to 500 grams (1.1 lbs). It has a circular, curved hand-guard. The target area for foil fencing is the torso except for the back below the hipbones; only hits which arrive on the target area score. Hits which arrive off-target stop the action but don’t score a touch.
A set of rules referred to as ‘right-of-way’ determine which fencer scores if both are hit. The basic principle of right of way is that when attacked, you need ensure that you are not hit before attempting to hit your opponent back. If neither fencer has right-of-way and both are hit, then no touch is scored.
Target area: for Foil, as a former training weapon – the trunk of the body only (shown in red)