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Fencing Terms

definitions coming soon

Attention
Heels together with front foot facing forward and both feet perpendicular

Salute
Raise sword arm to chin and bring back down; occurs at the beginning of a bout

En garde
From ATTENTION the front foot moves forward one step and the knees are slightly bent; swordarm goes into 6th Position

Advance
From EN GARDE, the front toe comes off the floor and the leg stretches out a step, the back leg moves forward, the front toe and back foot land at the same time and you're back again in EN GARDE

Retreat
Opposite of the ADVANCE

Lunge
Front toe rises off floor as in the ADVANCE but kicks out and forward, the back leg is straight, and the back arm comes down as a counterbalance, both feet are flat on the floor

Touch/Hit

Recover
Recover Back
Recover Forward

En Passant
Advance En Passant
Retreat En Passant

Jump
Forward
Back

Extend

Parry
6
4
2
7

Riposte

Bind

Disengage

Beat

Supernated

Pronated

High-line

Low-line

Inside

Outside

Target area
The area of the body regarded as a valid for the counting of touches/hits during a bout

Position
Position of the swordarm (4, 6, 2, 7, 8, 1; see PARRY)

Fencing Styles

American

Classical French

Classical Italian

College of Charleston Fencing Club Website