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FENCING 101

En Garde! (Yes, it's true. That really is used to announce the start of a match.) Here are a few more fencing terms that might be helpful to know:

Epee, foil and saber: Three styles of fencing that differ slightly in rules and equipment. 

Advance: To step forward.

Beat: A sharp tap on an opponent's blade to initiate or threaten an attack.

Bout: A contest in its entirety between two fencers.

Feint: A false attack designed to force an opponent into a reaction that opens the way to a genuine attack.

Fleche: A running attack. Illegal in sabre.

Hit: A point scored by a touch with the tip of the blade. 

Parry: A defensive action where a fencer blocks the opponent's blade.

Piste: Fencing's field of play, divided into two equal halves.

Recover: To return to the en garde position after lunging.

Remise: To attack again immediately after the opponent has blocked an initial attack.

Target: The portion of the opponent's body which may be touched with the sword to score points.

Thrust: To extend the arm and sword toward the opponent.

Touch: A hit with the point of the weapon or a cut with the edge of the sabre.


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