The Foil

  • The Foil
  • A descendant of the 18th century small sword, the foil is a light thrusting weapon, meaning attacks can only be delivered with the tip of the weapon. Foil is fenced with the convention of right-of-way. Right-of-way is, simply, the right to attack. A fencer gains right-of-way by initiating an attack on an opponent. Since only one fencer can have right-of-way at a time, the opponent must parry, or deflect the attack before he or she may attack in return. This means that although a fencer may have hit an opponent first, the fencer may not be awarded a touch if the opponent had right-of-way.
    Foil target consists of the front torso and the back torso down to the top of the hips.

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