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Fencing Terminology

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  As with any sport, specific terminology is used to describe the equipment, and explain the techniques. Listed are some commonly used terms within the fencing community.

Advance

 

Step forward with a fencerís front leg

Beat

 

Sharp tap on the opponentís blade to initiate attack or threat of attack.

Balestra

 

A short, sharp jump forward that is used as a preparation for an attack.
Breeches Another name used for fencing pants, which are trousers that extend to just below the knee

Counter-parry

 

A defensive movement where the fencer moves the opponent's blade away by making a small circle with the tip of the blade around the opponent's blade.
Disengage Evasive action which breaks the contact between fencersí blades.

Engagement

Contact between fencers' blades.

En garde

Position taken before fencing begins.
Epee Weapon used for Epee fencing.  It has a stiff, v-shaped blade and a large bell guard for protecting the hand.

Feint

 

A false attack intended to get a defensive reaction from the opposing fencer.

Foil The foil is a light, flexible weapon with a blunted point used in Foil fencing. It weighs around a pound and most blades are about 36 inches long.

Fleche

An explosive, running attack.

Lame 

The conductive jacket used for electric scoring in both Foil and Sabre fencing.

Lunge

 

Most common attach where the fencer keeps the back leg stationary and straight while launching at their opponent.

Parry

 

This is a defensive action where the fencer blocks the blade of his opponent.
Plastron Another name for an underarm protector.
Recover Return to the En garde position after lunging.
Sabre Weapon used in Sabre fencing.  Sabres have a light, flat blade as well as a knuckle guard.
Strip 6 foot by 40 foot area where a USFA-style fencing bout takes place.