Olympics Fencing

Fencing is one of the early categories of competition in the Olympics. Questions about the categories, rules, and competitors from around the world are what the Olympic Fencing category is all about.

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What are parries 6 7 and 8 in saber fencing?

Saber Fencing ParriesThe parry six in saber fencing is basically a parry five, with your weapon arm on the other side of where your arm would have been if it was a parry five. So if your weapon arm fist was on your right when you do a parry five, it will be on the left in a parry six. The blade still blocks the same target area as the parry five (the head), but exposes your forearm to attack (which is why few people use it).

There is no Parry 8 in Saber Fencing, though.

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What are the prizes for the Modern Olympic games?

They win gold medals (worth US$600) if they are first, silver (worth US$325) if they are second, and bronze (worth US$3) if they are third. Each countries' Olympic federation decides on a cash prize for their athletes (ranging from US$1million for gold in Singapore to no cash prizes in Great Britain)

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What are sport fencing terms?

Currently, three types of weapon are used in Olympic fencing: Foil: a light thrusting weapon; the valid target is restricted to the torso; double hits are not allowed. Épée: a heavier thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body; double hits are allowed. Sabre: a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area includes almost everything above the waist (excluding the back of the head and the palms of the hands); double hits are not allowed. Find the appropriate link for the desired list of fencing terms. Hope this helps! Handy website there for new folks to our glorious sport!

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What summer in the Olympics did fencing start?

Fencing has been contested at every Modern Olympic Games starting with the 1896 Games in Athens.

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Is there foil fencing in the Olympics?

Yes, there is individual men's foil, men's team foil, individual woman's foil, and women's team foil.

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Why do they say Abner Doubleday invented baseball?

First of all the British invented it, Abner Doubleday never made the claim that he did invent baseball. He is thought to have invented the game when Abner Graves wrote a letter to Spalding, who was searching for an American who invented baseball.Spalding didn't want to hear that an englishman invented the game. This claim became unreliable after Abner Graves shot his wife and was put in a mental institution.

Many people say that Abner Doubleday the war general couldn't have invented baseball because he didn't enjoy baseball or even talk about it. Few people know that Abner Doubleday had a cousin with the same name as him. Abner Graves letter to Spalding could have been relating to Abner Doubleday's cousin.

The British invented it. Quotation - "The game of Rounders has been played in England since Tudor Times, with the earliest reference being in 1744 in "A Little Pretty Pocketbook" where it is called Baseball. It is a striking and fielding team game, which involves hitting a small hard leather cased ball with a round wooden or metal bat and then running around 4 bases in order to score" Source:

AnswerBaseball/Rounders the British invented for as an activity for inactive children, pitch, bat and run around 4 bases. 200 + years later its still very popular today among British kids up to 5th Grade.. notably girls who have large formalised competitions.

Reference here... Baseball comes from Britain. (Rounders same thing)....

**People ask with Spalding guide of America in 1887 naming it World championship Series attempting to entice other countries to play it of which it states Australia and Great Britain... why they don't play it, a major reason for this is the British invented Baseball aka Rounders and its historically been played by small children for who it was intended.

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What are the target areas in foil fencing?

In foil, the target area is from the neck, down to the groin, but it goes around to the back also.

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What are some good Sabre moves?

Some good Sabre moves to know well include the following:

  • Parry: You directly block your opponent's attack with your own blade and thereby gain the right of way. This is typically followed by a quick riposte or a longer attack.
  • Feint: When attacking, you move your blade in a threatening motion towards one area of your opponent's body, only to finish your attack in a different part altogether. The purpose of this move is to make your opponent believe you will be attacking in the first area and try to block that, leaving the rest of their target area vulnerable.
  • Beat: Instead of completely blocking your opponent's blade, you beat it with your own. This consists of a light tap, or a blow that knocks it out of the way. By doing this, you gain the right of way, and can continue with a quick riposte or a longer attack.
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Is the Sabre the sharpest fencing sword?

FencingNo weapon is technically the "sharpest" sword, since they aren't meant to do damage. But, since it doesn't have an actual point, I suppose it could be seen as the sharpest out of the three. AnswerNo weapon in fencing is sharp, as like above they aren't meant to do damage. Fencing in foil and epee is a contact sport and the action is lunge rather than slash.However, in Sabre, it is a slash motion and contact motion but the swords are not intended to injure the players. There is no "blade" but rather a long thin metal stick. Sharp?Technically none are 'sharp' however due to the nature of continually knocking the blades together; blades that are not kept in pristine condition develop metal splinters on the sides (by nature of the sports, Sabre and epee mostly) If you ran your finger down such a blade it would hurt... a lot. And metal splinters are blighters to get out, fencing blades may not be sharp, but beware holding the actual blade!
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What type of sword is used in Olympics fencing?

There are three types of sword used in fencing, and all three are used in Olympic fencing. The types are:




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What event did American Bruce Jenner win his Olympic gold medal?

Bruce Jenner won gold at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal in the decathlon.

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Have there been rule changes in fencing?

Yes, there have been many. For example, before the introduction of the electric scoring machine, there was only 'dry' fencing. There were multiple directors to ensure that no touches would be missed, and the 'honor system' was used. However, it was soon proved much more beneficial to use an electric system, where the blades are connected to bodycords, which are subsequently connected to the lame's(in Sabre and foil), and also connected to a reel, which registers touches on a scoring machine. With this machine, fencers had to adapt to different timing in attacks, as well as the 500milligram minimum weight required for the scoring light to go off.

A recent example of a rather significant rule change is that foilists are now required to wear electric bibs. The bibs on a foil mask are thought to be covering target area, and are now being electrified. This rule will take effect starting in the 2009 Senior world cup.

Are there any specific rule changes you're looking for?

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What is a fencing move?

One fencing move is called a parry. It's where you block the other sword (or whatever the swords are called in fencing). After the parry you riposte.


When the blades are not in contact, i.e. not ENGAGED


Bending the wrist when making a hit so that the point is at an angle to the TARGET


Stamping the forward foot twice in order to request that fencing action be temporarily ceased. Also used to startle (and possibly 'freeze') your opponent.


An offensive action designed to hit the opponent. In foil and Sabre, the fencer initiating an attack has the RIGHT OF WAY provided his/her sword arm is extending and the point (or edge for Sabre) of his/her blade is continuously threatening the target.


A PREPARATION for an attack, e.g. beat, pressure, or graze


An attack launched when the opponent is making a preparation for an attack


A footwork pattern consisting of a jump forward followed by a LUNGE as the rear foot contacts the floor


A bout or bouts fenced to break a tie at a competition. Barrages are seldom required now that direct elimination is used as the competition format.


A sharp tap on the opponent's blade designed to deflect it and open a line into which an attack may be launched.


A preparation of attack which carries the opponent's blade diagonally across from a high to a low LINE or vice versa


A deliberate pause between two movements which normally follow each other immediately


Inside high quarter of the target. Also, a SUPINATED PARRY defending this line


A parry formed by giving way to an opponent who is making a PRISE DE FER


A beat made after a CHANGE OF ENGAGEMENT


Engaging the opponent's blade in a new line




A line which is protected by the blade, arm, and bell guard


An attack which includes one or more FEINTS e.g. ONE-TWO


Body contact between fencers. Violation of the rules in foil and Sabre.


A sliding of the blade along the opponent's blade prior to an attack


An action made with the blade in which the point describes one complete circle. e.g. A counter-sixte parry is made by starting from sixte en garde, moving the point in a clockwise circle and ending in sixte en garde, the opponent's blade being deflected during the circular motion. A counter parry is also known as a CIRCULAR PARRY. A counter-disengage is an action which deceives (avoids) a counter parry by a circular motion in the same direction, but just slightly ahead of the counter parry.


An attack made while the opponent is attacking (i.e. attacking 'into' the opponent's attack). In foil and Sabre the counterattack does not have priority (right of way) over the attack. See STOP HIT.






The offensive action which follows the parry of a RIPOSTE or of another counter riposte


A planned sequence of actions determined by the opponent's response to the first action of the sequence. An example is A SECOND INTENTION attack


An attack in which the blade is lifted sharply over the opponent's blade just prior to the forward thrust


Taking the opponent's blade from a high to a low line on the same side of the body during a preparation of attack


A hit made with the edge of a SABRE


Evasion of the opponent's attempt to deflect or bind the blade


An attack or riposte made in the line of engagement


Moving the blade from one line to another by a semi-circular motion.


A compound attack in which the attacker disengages to draw a counter parry, and then evades the counter parry by making a counter-disengage. i.e. A DOUBLE is a disengage followed immediately by a counter-disengage.


The 'on guard' position (feet shoulder width apart, front foot pointing at opponent, rear foot perpendicular to front foot, knees flexed). If preceded by a reference to a line (e.g. sixte en garde) this describes the position of the blade (i.e. which line is closed).


While stepping forward


Taking the opponent's blade and describing a circle to return to the line of engagement without losing contact of blades


Derived from the duelling sword. Hits are scored with the point only. Whole body is valid target. No right of way.


Stepping to the side or twisting of the body to cause the opponent's attack to miss


An offensive movement made to resemble an attack in order to draw a reaction from the opponent


The distance that is maintained between two fencers during a bout


The time required to perform a single fencing action


An 'all-out' attack (no recovery to guard) in which the fencer leans forward, pushes off from the front foot and leaps toward the opponent, bringing the rear foot forward for the landing. The hit is made before the rear foot touches the floor. The follow-through consists of running past the opponent on the attacker's weapon arm side (i.e. to the right for a right-handed attacker).


The half of the blade nearer the point


Originally used as a practice weapon by duellists. Target is the torso and hits are scored with the point only. Has right of way convention.


The half of the blade nearer the guard


A preparation of attack made by deflecting the opponent's blade by a strong, sharp grazing action along it


The part of the opponent's target visible above the swordhand when on guard


A simple attack or riposte made in another line


A parry which does not close the line completely, and through which the opponent can land a hit


Opening a line to offer the opponent the chance for an offensive movement


The deciding hit during a bout (normally used to describe the situation when the score is 4-4 in foil or Sabre)


The plastron of metallised cloth worn over the fencing jacket and used to identify the valid target in foil and Sabre


One of the four quarters (high outside, high inside, low outside, low inside) into which the target is divided for the purposes of defining attack locations and parry positions


The part of the opponent's target visible below the swordhand when on guard


The extension of the arm, body, and legs used to reach an opponent. It is done by extending the arm toward the opponent, stepping toward the opponent with front leg, and straightening the back leg


Outside low quarter of the target (supinated parry)


A preparation for attack consisting of two disengages, the attacker's blade returning to the line that was originally threatened


A defensive action made by deflecting the opponent's attack with the blade


Used to describe an attack which fails to score a valid hit due to the point of the weapon sliding across the target rather than striking the target directly at the culmination of the thrust.


A sequence of fencing actions that is unbroken by a pause.


The field of play. For competition this consists of a copper mat measuring 14m long by 2m wide.


Also called sous-plastron. The half-jacket worn under the fencing jacket for extra protection. Must be constructed in such a way that the seams do not match the seams of the fencing jacket.


In foil and Sabre, extending the weapon arm so that the point is threatening the opponent's target. This establishes right of way, and the opponent must deflect the point before being able to score a hit.


A blade, body, or foot movement made prior to an attack


Inside high quarter of the target (pronated parry)


A preparation of attack in which the opponent's blade is taken by an opposition, envelopment, bind, or croise


Refers to a swordhand position with the fingernails downward (see SUPINATED)


Inside low quarter of the target (pronated parry). In Sabre, QUINTE refers to a parry defending the head.


Returning to the on guard position after a lunge


A renewal of the attack while remaining in the lunge and making one or more arm or blade movements


A renewal of the attack while remaining in the lunge without making any further arm or blade movements


A renewal of the attack which includes a return to guard position


The rules of play, or convention, for foil and Sabre requiring that a fencer defend himself from an opponent's attack before having the right to attack. In the absence of an attack from his opponent, a fencer can establish his right of way by launching an attack or placing his point in line. The opponent can then gain the right of way by parrying the attack or deflecting the point in line with a beat or prise de fer.


The reply to an attack (a take-over of the offense). Initiated by the fencer who has defended himself by parrying his opponent's attack.


Derived from the cavalry sword. Target is the body above the hips and points are scored with the point and the edge. Has right of way.


Having a second action planned in advance to counter the opponent's response to an initial action. Second intention can be either defensive or offensive.


Outside low quarter of the target (pronated parry)


Inside low quarter of the target (supinated parry)


An attack made with one movement either direct or indirect


When both fencers conceive and execute a movement at the same time


Outside high quarter of the target (supinated parry)


A counter-offensive action consisting of a straight thrust made while the opponent is attacking or making a preparation. In foil and Sabre, the stop hit is in time if it arrives before the opponent has begun the final action of the attack.


A simple and direct offensive action


A series of parries immediately following each other in an attempt to find the opponent's blade


Refers to a swordhand position with the fingernails upward (see PRONATED)


A preparation of attack by prise de fer.


That portion of the body on which points can be scored by landing hits. For Epee the whole body is target, for Sabre the body from the hips up is target, and for Foil the torso (area covered by the lame jacket) is target. In Foil, hits off-target cause a stoppage of the fencing action, while in Sabre they do not.


Outside high quarter of the target (pronated parry)


A hit made on target (VALID HIT)


Hits which arrive on the target (TOUCHE)

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What was the longest fencing match?

In modern fencing, the longest a 15 touch bout can last is ten minutes, including overtime, or Sudden Death. The longest a 5 touch bout can last is four minutes with Sudden Death.

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What is the winter sports of skeleton?

Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. The sport and the sled may have been named from the bony appearance of the sled.

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Is fencing a winter sport?

Fencing is not an Winter Olympic sport. A sport can only be classified as Winter Olympics if it involves snow or ice of some sport. Fencing has neither. Fencing is a Summer Olympic Sport.

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Which countries do well in Olympic fencing?

In the last 6 Olympics, team epee gold medals have been won twice each by Germany, France, and Italy. Team Sabre gold medals in the last 6 Olympics have been won twice by Russia and once each by Hungary, France, Italy, and the Unified Team.

More recently, the USA has been proving its worth in the world of fencing, as it swept women's Sabre individuals in Beijing, got third in the team women's Sabre event, garnered second in team men's Sabre, and got silver in a team foil event. This all took place in the most recent summer Olympics in Beijing.

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What equipment do you need for fencing?

Fencing jacket--and lame (electric jacket) if doing electric fencing

Epee/Foil/Sabre (3 different types of weapons)

Face mask

Glove (dominant hand only)

For electric fencing, you need more--you would need a body cord, a mask cord (for Sabre only), and a lame (an electric jacket) (for Sabre and foil only), and an electric glove (for Sabre only)

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What is the aim of fencing?

Obviously, much like the aim of any sport, the goal of fencing is to win. No matter what weapon is being used, winning consists of getting to the predetermined point score first (in Direct Elimination bouts in tournaments, the first to 15 wins, in seeding pools, the first to 5). There are only 2 other ways to win: to have the higher score when the time runs out (in Direct Elimination bouts there are three 3 minute periods, at the end of the 3 the time will have run out; in pool bouts there is only one 3 minute period), or if, when the time runs out, it's a tie, there is an additional 1 minute period where the first touch wins.

To gain a point is different for all 3 weapons. In sabre, the goal is for any portion of your blade to touch above your opponent's waist (excluding the hand); in foil the goal is the have your tip connect (so as a little button, I suppose you could call it, is depressed on the end of the blade) with the opponent's torso; in epee, to have your tip depressed in contact with any point on your opponent's body. That is the aim of fencing.

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How do people know Abner Doubleday invented baseball?

they actually dont know it for a fact. it is just a myth!

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What is lexan polycarbonate?

A plastic with special coating that is 250 times stronger than glass and 30 times stronger than acrylic.

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The Dronacharya Award given for excellence in?


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How did fencing get started in the Olympics?

It started in 1896(first moddern Olympic games) and has been in them all ever since.

It was decided by the hosts that that would be an extra event and has been on there as a mian from 1904.

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Is Fencing an Olympic sport?

Yes, Fencing has been an Olympic event since the modern Games began in 1896.

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What is a sword fencing warning?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe your are referring to the French phrase "En garde", which translates in English to "On your guard".


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