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Team Fencing, The Three Types Of Team Fencing

March 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 198

Team fencing is a fun way to train and compete in the sport of fencing. There are three distinct types of team fencing. Each is great for stamina training or just as something different to try. Consisting of 4, 6, or 12 competitors, it is a great way to bring team spirit to a normally individual sport.

4 FENCERS

This form of team fencing is excellent training for the single fencer wishing to improve her stamina. Three fencers are on one team (the tri-team) and a lone fencer on the other. The single fencer takes on each of the three on the tri-team in succession. Sounds easy enough, but there's a catch. The single fencer must fence each competitor from the tri-team three times with each bout to five points for a total of 45 points.

Here's the breakdown... The first fencer from the tri-team competes to 5 points, then fencer 2 begins from what fencer 1 got up to 10 points, fencer then 3 goes to 15 using the accumulated points from the first 2 fencers. This continues until either the tri-team or the solo fencer attains 45 points.

6 FENCERS

The six fencer format is more commonly seen at competitions. It has become so popular that it is now an event at The World Cup. This version of team fencing is relatively easy to understand. Each fencer uses the same type of weapon, (foil, epee, or saber).

The competitors are divided into 2 teams of 3 (this will be predetermined at The World Cup as it is 3 people from each participating country). The order of bouts varies for each team but the idea is that each of the 3 fencers from group 1 fence each of the 3 people from group 2 (round robin style). The basics are the same as the "4 FENCERS" method in that each match is to 5 points and the winning team is the first to 45 points.

This form of team fencing is especially helpful in building team spirit and cameraderie. Since fencing is normally a solo sport, it is often a surprise to see those competitors who are normally introverted and reserved, loudly cheering their team on.

12 FENCERS

The final form includes twelve participants. In this event there are two teams made up of six fencers each. Each team must be made up of a female and a male foilist, a female and a male epeeist, and a female and a male saberist.

Based on gender and weapon discipline, each fences one another to intervals of 5 just as in the other team fencing variations. This event, however, concludes at 30 points.

Since the bouts are timed, it is highly desirable to have the strongest fencer (the anchor) as the last competitor because there may be many points that need to be accumulated in a short time to achieve victory. The all important order in which the fencers compete is normally decided at the piest with various methods used such as drawing of straws.

Whether a competitor, coach, or judge, you'll generally find that fencing equipment selection and price is much better online than at competitions or at your club. Bookmark http://www.fencingstars.com. Their equipment and service is excellent.

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