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ABSENCE (OF THE BLADE)  look up translate image
An event where blade contact is avoided either deliberately by refusal to engage, or in deceiving the opponent's attempt to find the blade.
ABSENCE OF BLADE  look up translate image
The situation in a bout when the opposing blades are not touching; opposite of engagement.
ABSTAIN  look up translate image
French for "so sorry, I wasn't paying attention."
ADVANCE  look up translate image
The "advance" is the basic forward movement. The front foot moves first, beginning by lifting the toes. Straighten the leg at the knee, pushing the heel out in front. Land on the heel, and then bring the back foot up to en garde stance. Also, the term advance is used in general for any movement forward by either step, cross, or ballestra.
ADVANCE-LUNGE  look up translate image
An advance followed immediately by a lunge.[1] The extension can occur before or during the advance, but always before the lunge. A good long-distance attack, especially in combination with Handwork. An Advance, followed by a lunge might have a tempo of 1-2---3, but an advance-lunge should have a tempo of 1--2-3.
AIDS  look up translate image
the last three fingers of the sword hand.
ALLÉZ  look up translate image
Place to go for a cigarette in the middle of a tournament
ALLEZ  look up translate image
A command made by the Referee (President/Director) to the fencers to begin fencing.
ANALYSIS  look up translate image
reconstruction of the fencing phrase to determine priority of touches.
ANGULATION  look up translate image
The act of directing the attacking weapon to the target at an angle other than a straight line, in order to avoid the defending blade.
APPEL  look up translate image
Stamping the front foot to the ground, to produce a sound to distract or startle the opponent. This may be made during an advance, or directly from an en garde position. It may precede a lunge, or be used merely as a distraction. An appel is also sometimes called a 'half-Advance'. This action may also be used to halt a bout, often by stamping the trailing foot insistently.
APPUNTATA  look up translate image
(It.) A remise made in the lunge position, coordinated with a tap of the front foot on the floor.
APROPOS  look up translate image
An opportune moment to launch an action.
ARRET  look up translate image
A Stop Thrust or Stop Cut.
ARRT BON TEMPS  look up translate image
see Stop Hit.
ASSAULT  look up translate image
A friendly combat between two fencers, where score may or may not be kept, and is generally not a part of any competition. Formerly, public exhibitions (spectator events) were often conducted as assaults, rather than as round-robin or direct-elimination events, especially with a few fencers. (See also Bout).
ATTACK  look up translate image
The initial offensive action made by extending the sword arm and continuously threatening the valid target of the opponent.
ATTACK (ON THE BLADE)  look up translate image
Offensive actions made against an opponent's weapon. Attacks on the blade may include the Beat, the Pressure, and the Froissement.
ATTACK AU FER  look up translate image
an attack that is prepared by deflecting the opponent's blade, eg. beat, press, froissement.
ATTACK IN PREPARATION  look up translate image
When you sneak up and hit your opponent while they're still putting on their uniform.
ATTAQUE AU FER  look up translate image
An attack on the opponent's blade, e.g. beat, expulsion, pressure.
AVERTISSEMENT  look up translate image
(French) A warning; used to indicate a minor rule infraction by one of the fencers. See Yellow Card
BACKSWORD  look up translate image
A type of heavy sabre, generally single-edged with a "false edge" down the top third of the back of the blade. Typified by a basket hilt. In use from the 16th to 20th centuries.
BALESTRA  look up translate image
A footwork preparation, consisting of a jump forwards. It is most often, but not always, immediately followed by a lunge. It is faster than a step forward, which helps change the rhythm and timing of moves. "Balestra" is the French term for sudden leap.
BALLESTRA  look up translate image
Male ballerina.
BANDEROLE  look up translate image
(Fr.) A diagonally executed chest cut.
BARRAGE  look up translate image
Shelling your opponent with cannon fire from several miles away.
BAUDRY POINT  look up translate image
a safety collar placed around a live epee point to prevent dangerous penetration.
BAYONET  look up translate image
a type of electrical connector for foil and sabre.
BEAT  look up translate image
A simple preparatory motion. A sharp controlled blow to the middle or 'weak' of the opponents blade, with the objective of provoking a reaction or creating an opening. The action should knock the opponent's blade aside or out of line. Your foible should contact the opponent's forte.
BEAT ATTACK  look up translate image
Counting 'a-one, a-two, a-1,2,3,4' before hitting your opponent
BEAT PARRY  look up translate image
deflecting the incoming attack with a sharp striking motion.
BELLY CUT  look up translate image
In Saber fencing, a horizontally executed cutting action made against the abdomen of the opponent.
BIB  look up translate image
The chin pad and throat protector attached to the mask.
BIND  look up translate image
also Lie, Liement; An action in which one fencer forces the opponent's blade into the diagonally opposite line, (that is, from high line to low line on the opposite side, or vice versa) by taking it with the guard and forte of his own blade. See also Transfer.
BLACK CARD  look up translate image
A severe penalty. A black card is used to indicate the most serious offences in a fencing competition. The offending fencer is expelled immediately from the event or tournament, regardless of whether he or she had any prior warnings. A black card can also be used to expel a third party disrupting the match.
BODY CORD  look up translate image
The insulated wire that runs under a fencer's jacket, connecting the Electrical Competition weapon to the reel, and thence to the scoring machine. The body cord also connects to the lam causing it to become conductive.
BOUT  look up translate image
An assault at which the score is kept. Usually refers to a match between two fencers in a competition. This is the term used in the US to generally denote any combat between fencers, replacing the terms "match" and "assault".
BREAK (THE GAME)  look up translate image
To interrupt the opponent's actions by wither retreating out of distance or intercepting his feinting blade prior to the finale of his attack.
BROADSWORD  look up translate image
A military sword and fencing weapon popular in the 18th-19th centuries, similar to a heavy sabre. Beginning only in the late 20th century, this term came to be inappropriately applied to almost any straight-bladed, double-edged, single-handed cutting sword, especially of the Medieval and Renaissance eras.
BROKEN TIME  look up translate image
a sudden change in the tempo of one fencer's actions, used to fool the opponent into responding at the wrong time.
BROKEN TIME (ACTION)  look up translate image
An action with an interruption in the rhythm (cadence) of its execution.
BUTTON  look up translate image
the safety tip on the end of practice and sporting swords.
CADENCE  look up translate image
The rhythm of a series of fencing movements.
CAV  look up translate image
(Fr.) Angulation.
CEDING PARRY  look up translate image
A yielding parry.
CHANGE (OF ENGAGEMENT)  look up translate image
A reorientation of the relative positions of the fencer's and opponent's blades made by moving one's blade from the engagement, in a circular motion, to the new engagement.
CHANGE BEAT  look up translate image
A beat on the opponent's blade executed in a line opposite to that of the original engagement (e.g., a beat made in sixth from an engagement of fourth) made by passing the blade in a circular motion around the opponent's blade.
CHANGE OF ENGAGEMENT  look up translate image
An engagement of the opponent's blade in the opposite line. Changes of engagement are sometimes performed to place one fencer's blade on the side of his/her opponent"s blade that he feels has an advantage, or could be just to fool with the opponent. Often, a bout with a left-handed fencer versus a right-handed will see both of them jockey for position with changes of engagements.
CHEST CUT  look up translate image
In saber fencing, a diagonal cutting action made upon the opponent's chest target.
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