Fencing on the Frozen Tundra

December 30, 2009

2nd Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:01 pm

The text of this incontro is: “When, following a riposte with feints, the counterattacker effects the replacement in time, the counterattacker is in error.”
This is a slightly more complicated scenario. The example video begins with a few examples of correctly executed attacks: 1)a straight thrust (By the taller fencer, Charles)

2)followed by a straight thrust (Charles) that is parried (by Laura) and a riposte

3)followed by a straight thrust (Charles) that is parried (Laura), and a riposte that is actually a feint by glide and disengage (Laura) that evades a lateral parry (Charles).
What follows that is the incontro. The first part of the action is the same.  However, upon making his parry on the lunge, Charles makes a thrust, despite Laura having evaded his parry. Therefore, Charley (the counter-attacker) is at fault.


1st Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 9:51 pm

The text of this incontro is: “When an attack is performed correctly in or out of measure, and is opposed with an arrest, time thrust, or body evasion in which the counterattacker neither covers himself with opposition of the hand, nor selects the propitious moment to initiate his action, the counterattacker is at fault.”
This is fairly straightforward. If you make a tempo attack (ie. attacking at the same time as your opponent) without sufficiently deviating the opponent’s point or removing your own target, you are at fault.  It should be clear, however, that one fencer attacks first, and the other fencer’s reaction to this is to attack back.

Incontro Videos

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 9:49 pm

What follows are videos of members of the Milwaukee Classical Fencing Society demonstrating the seven incontros (double touches) described by Eugenio Pini.  These are the seven ways in which it is possible to create a double touch, and in each case one or the other or both of the fencers are at fault.  We have done this with a variety of fencers, at different speeds, and different angles, to make the situations described as clear as possible.

We are going to use these determinations as the rules for dealing with the double touch for our tournament, the fencer at fault in each case receiving the point.  These are all fairly intuitive, and are not really that different from the standard rules at most fencing tournaments.  The main difference is that in most tournament rules, either both fencers receive the touch, or neither do.  These rules provide a case for either one or the other fencer to receive the touch, or both.

It is emphasized that these rules only come into play if there is a double touch.

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments, by emailing milwaukeetourney@gmail.com, or at the tournament.

December 16, 2009

Registration fee!

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 10:06 pm

Registration has been re-opened.  As before, registration information can be found by clocking the link on the right of the page.

The fee breakdown is:

$40 for CFS Members and associated salles,

$60 for Non-member pre-registration

$70 for Non-member registration at the door.

We will be having a dinner on Saturday night.  The cost for the fencers is included in the registration fee, but if you’d like to bring a guest, you’re entirely welcome to.  There will be a slight extra cost of $10 per-guest ahead of time, and $12 per-guest the day of.

Hope to see you all on the 30th!

November 30, 2009

Good News, Bad News, & Other News

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 10:37 pm

Good news:

  • Information about registration can be found on the right of the screen there.

Bad news:

  • Due to some scheduling conflicts, we will not have the Turner Ballroom for the Saturday of the tournament.  We do have it for that Sunday.  We plan to split the tournament in two parts,  round robins and preliminaries on Saturday at the Marquette University Sala (and we now have the Marquette PR machine working in our favor, so that may end up being kind of cool) and the finals and open bouting at the Turners Sala on Sunday.  We are planning to have the tournament finish in the morning, and therefore hopefully won’t interfere with anybody’s travel plans.

Other news:

  • Watch this space for videos detailing such things as: an explanation of priority as we plan to use it in the tournament,  a sample of some of the fencing of Milwaukee CFSers (just to whet the appetite),  and anything else we can think of that might be interesting.  We will hopefully be taking the footage for these videos this week and have them up shortly thereafter.

And that’s it.


November 10, 2009

Rules are up

Filed under: 2010 Tournament — milwaukeetourney @ 2:58 pm

The rules are up.  Fencers are advised to read through them carefully.  Questions can be asked in the comments, or emailed to milwaukeetourney@gmail.com

We’ve worked pretty hard thinking about these, so, while they may be a little unusual, we’re excited to give them a try in January.

November 4, 2009

Fencing on the Frozen Tundra

Filed under: Fencing — milwaukeetourney @ 4:57 pm

Welcome to the home of Fencing on the Fencing on the Frozen Tundra!  We’ll be posting information soon on the tournament we’re holding January 30, 2010, at the Historic Turner Hall in Milwaukee.

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