As part of our ongoing sabre course for the club coaches, we have an extra training day at Lymington HLC (Priestlands campus) from 10-4.30ish on Sunday 18th Aug.
We would appreciate some some sabreurs to practice on, so if you would like a day’s back-to-basics coaching, please join us for the grand sum of £5 to cover the venue and Alan Knowles’ time. Continue reading Sabre Coaching Day Sun. 18th Aug
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
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 sabre can score by hitting with the edge as well as the point. Target area for sabre is the body above the hips, including the arms and head. The blade of the sabre can be up to 88 cm long, and is usually lighter than a foil blade. The handguard is much larger than a foil’s, and curves back over the knuckles to end of the handle. As with foil, right-of-way rules determine who scores if both fencers are hit. Off target hits in sabre are ignored and do not stop the action.
Target area: for Sabre, as a former cavalry weapon – everything above the waist (shown in red)
The respective target area for each weapon reflects its’ origins:
- for Foil, as a former training weapon – the trunk of the body only (shown in red)
- for Sabre, as a former cavalry weapon – everything above the waist (shown in red)
- for Epée, descended from the duelling weapon where ‘anything goes’ – whole body (shown in red)