Rules of Foil Fencing : Foil Fencing Rules of the Piste

Rules of Foil Fencing : Foil Fencing Rules of the Piste


The fencer’s stomping ground, the place where
your bouts will occur in competition, is called the strip, or the piste. So here on the ground
we have the boundaries of a piste marked out. Regulations require the piste to be one point
five to two meters in width, and fourteen meters in length. So, if you see, this takes
us to the middle, where I would face off an opponent at the beginning of a bout. So as
the bout continues, we would be moving along the strip. Important thing to remember is
if one fencer were to give a lot of ground, were to retreat often as they were being advanced
upon by an opponent, as my opponent’s approaching, I’m parrying, she’s advancing, she’s possibly
making lots of fast advances, but for whatever reason, I’m losing ground here, I’m unable
to move forward. That’s fine up until a point, because when I get to the edge of the strip,
if I back off of the edge I have a touch scored against me. So I need to keep my feet on the
piste, which means I need to, at some point, find a way to advance again or acknowledge
the fact that I gave too much ground, I’ve lost my place on the strip, and we have to
begin again in the middle.

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