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Tournament seeding – what it is and how it is done

Fencing Tournament SeedingTournament seeding in fencing can be a confusing and complicated concept to grasp and understand. Especially for a first time competitor or new spectator to the sport. Hopefully I can help you break down what you need to know in a simple and concise way.

Seeding is conducted several times throughout a competition. There is a preliminary seeding that happens before the pools begin, and another seeding after the pool round.

Seeding occurs in order to create a sense of balance and order. Stronger opponents will be scattered equally amongst other less strong fencers. If there is no seeding, it’s possible that all of the stronger fencers could be fighting against one another within one single pool or the same branch of a tableau. Spreading them out in this way allows for a more fair competition, and allows other less higher seeded players to compete against the higher seeded fencers.

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New Rule Change in Foil Regarding Plastic Chest Protector

New Rule Change in Foil Regarding Plastic Chest ProtectorRecently, the FIE officially approved a rule change that would allow wearing only a specific type of chest protector in the foil category of fencing, which was also adopted by the USFA. The rule is dictated by the following:

Per Section m.25.4(c):  

“At all weapons, the use of a breast/chest protector (made of metal or some rigid material) is compulsory for women and optional for men. At foil, this breast/chest protector must be worn below the protective plastron. At foil, the protector will have the following characteristics: The entire outside of the chest protector (the side facing the opponent) must be covered with a soft material such as E.V.A. (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) of four mm thickness and density of 22kg/m3. (The material can be attached to the current plastic models or incorporated into the manufacture of new chest protectors). The material must have the SEMI technical mark at the center of the upper edge.”

Anytime there is a new rule in fencing, it’s important to understand why the rule has been put in place, and how it will ultimately affect you.

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Respect for Your Opponent On and Off the Strip

Fencing may be one of the oldest sports in recorded history created out of the duel: A way for two disagreeing parties to settle their dispute by battling it out to see who would be the worthy victor. Entire wars were often fought as an expansion of a duel. Duels began to go out of favor as early as the mid-1400’s but it wasn’t until much later that duels were completely forbidden.

Once duels were banned, it became a widespread practice to have amicable battles without the intention of injuring  your opponent that included regulated rules, referee’s and yes, even the requirement of sportsmanship which later turned into a common tradition. Which is modern fencing today.

Today all fencing battles are fought under the watchful eyes of referees, and both begin and end by saluting the opponent, referee, and spectators, and a friendly handshake with one’s opponent. a sign of respect and camaraderie.

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New Innovative Technology Comes to Epee to Validate Questionable Foot Touches

New Innovative Technology Comes to Epee to Validate Questionable Foot TouchesOne of the most problematic areas of detecting a valid touch in epee is a foot touch. Even at the highest level of competition with grounded pistes there is always a concern whether the touch was valid or not, especially near the strip’s boundary. Many epee competitors and  coaches have experienced situations when a valid foot touch was not counted, or when a floor touch was mistakenly awarded.

Academy of Fencing Masters have spent the last 5 years to develop a real fool proof solution to this problem! Our innovative design of epee tip allows a valid recognition of 100% foot touches.

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Why Your Child Should Take Private Fencing Lessons

Why Your Child Should Take Private Fencing LessonsMost American sports, such as football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball are experienced in a group session. It’s rare to see a student participate in one-on-one coaching. Unless they are going to a very competitive level, the need for private lessons is mostly unnecessary.

However, in more individualized sports, such as tennis, ice skating, or golf, the need for a private instruction is essential, especially when a sport becomes more of the focus. Because of this private coaching can make the difference between a good athlete, and a top rated one.

As an individualized sport, fencing is no different. The importance of knowing the precise technique can mean the difference between progressing or not, and of course between  placing highly in competition, or not placing at all. And with kids especially, progress means more joy from the sport, a desire to continue and a personal commitment to improve.

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