fencing, man. fencing.

Sep 30

Anonymous said: why are fencing stages so narrow like in kendo we have a fairly sizable circle so why the hell does fencing have like a grocery aisle

Hello kendo anon - let me begin with the statement that kendo is super rad and I’ve really enjoyed it every time I’ve tried it. I have two answers to your question, and I’m going to start with the snarky one:

Why not have a narrow fencing strip? Why does baseball have a diamond? Why is hockey played on ice? Why are there only two hoops in basketball?  Why is kendo in a circle in the first place? It’s a sport. It has weird sport rules and weird sport simplifications. Also having a narrow strip makes it way easier to have a bunch of people fencing at once, so it’s a super convenient simplification.

Serious(ish) answer: I don’t know what the historical reason is, but in general having a narrow strip limits the action to forward and back (and some extremely judicious side-stepping), which makes the sport easier to referee, forces fencers to be better at distance and blade-work, and also makes it easier to focus on your opponent. It’s less realistic (maybe - I think sabre approximates the original horse charges pretty well at times), but again, sports. Sports = simplifications, and then they get really complex in really cool ways because of those simplifications.

(H/t to my teammates, who provided a lot of comments when I got this ask at practice.)


Sep 29
[ID: two foil fencers in a bout. The fencer on the left is leaning forward with his back leg kicked high in the air, while his opponent hits off-target.]
Nick Sloan (left) against Solomon Polansky at the 2014 Summer Nationals! I made a gif of this action:

[ID: two foil fencers in a bout. The fencer on the left is leaning forward with his back leg kicked high in the air, while his opponent hits off-target.]

Nick Sloan (left) against Solomon Polansky at the 2014 Summer Nationals! I made a gif of this action:


Sep 28
[ID: a foil fencer sitting down with a towel over her shoulders.]

Brigitte Latrille-Gaudin!

[ID: a foil fencer sitting down with a towel over her shoulders.]

Brigitte Latrille-Gaudin!


Sep 27
[ID: two foilists testing against each other’s lames. Old, black and white photo.]
Ildiko Retjo!

[ID: two foilists testing against each other’s lames. Old, black and white photo.]

Ildiko Retjo!


[ID: two sabre fencers lunging at each other.]

Sylwia Matuszak (left) against Fatma Zehra Kose at the Summer Youth Olympics!

[ID: two sabre fencers lunging at each other.]

Sylwia Matuszak (left) against Fatma Zehra Kose at the Summer Youth Olympics!


Sep 26
[ID: epee fencers practicing in a vaulted building with patterned ceilings.]
joailliere:

Budapest, Honvéd fencing club
source

[ID: epee fencers practicing in a vaulted building with patterned ceilings.]

joailliere:

Budapest, Honvéd fencing club

source


Sep 25
[ID: a woman holding a foil and a mask.]

Nam Hyun-hee!

[ID: a woman holding a foil and a mask.]

Nam Hyun-hee!


Sep 24
[ID: a sabre fencer with his mask off, standing next to a British Army Fencing poster.]
britisharmyofficial:

Army Reservist Corporal Seng Boon Chan, has helped the Army claim a rare team victory in the national Inter-Services Fencing Championships. It was the first time that the competition had featured members of the Reserve Forces in the main event, and he was a valuable addition to the men’s sabre team.Cpl Chan is a member of Keynsham-based 71 Military Intelligence Company. “I was one of four non-Regulars brought into the Triangular team. Previously, Reservists were only allowed to compete in the individual weapon events,” he said. “As we achieved the first Army win since 1995, it was quite an occasion!”

[ID: a sabre fencer with his mask off, standing next to a British Army Fencing poster.]

britisharmyofficial:

Army Reservist Corporal Seng Boon Chan, has helped the Army claim a rare team victory in the national Inter-Services Fencing Championships. It was the first time that the competition had featured members of the Reserve Forces in the main event, and he was a valuable addition to the men’s sabre team.

Cpl Chan is a member of Keynsham-based 71 Military Intelligence Company. “I was one of four non-Regulars brought into the Triangular team. Previously, Reservists were only allowed to compete in the individual weapon events,” he said. “As we achieved the first Army win since 1995, it was quite an occasion!”


Sep 23
[ID: a fencer shrugging her jacket on or off while talking to an official.]

Laura Flessel-Colovic!

[ID: a fencer shrugging her jacket on or off while talking to an official.]

Laura Flessel-Colovic!


Sep 22
[ID: a glove and a pair of knickers hanging from a clothesline.]
camelotesgrima:

Hoy toca lavar equipo // Something to do this holyday #Fencing #Esgrima #Holyday #México #CamelotEsgrima #Xalapa

[ID: a glove and a pair of knickers hanging from a clothesline.]

camelotesgrima:

Hoy toca lavar equipo // Something to do this holyday #Fencing #Esgrima #Holyday #México #CamelotEsgrima #Xalapa


Sep 21

[ID: two photos of a foil class.]

uafairbanks:

Fencing class, spring 2014


Sep 20

[ID: two photos of sabre fencers sitting down during the bout break.]

Theodora Gkountoura (top) and Ndeye Salimata Ciss during their bout at the Summer Youth Olympics!


russvossphoto:

Fencers competing at the 8th Circle Epee Tournament held at the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, New York.


Sep 19
[ID: an epee fencer sitting on the ground, taking photos.]

At DHM Fechten 2014, in Marburg!

[ID: an epee fencer sitting on the ground, taking photos.]

At DHM Fechten 2014, in Marburg!


Sep 18
[ID: three photos of an epee and foil fencer - posing for the camera, saluting, and fencing at the ‘68 Olympics.]

Pilar Roldán!

[ID: three photos of an epee and foil fencer - posing for the camera, saluting, and fencing at the ‘68 Olympics.]

Pilar Roldán!


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