The North American Mangiarotti Society

The Modern School of the  Italian Sword

Reminder About New Sabre Distance

The Federation Internationale d'Escrime has issued guidance on how to implement the new rule on placement of fencers at the on guard line.  The rule as originally issued for the test period was to place the rear foot of the two fencers on the on guard line.  This resulted in two tall fencers with their feet far apart being able to hit each other's forward target with a fast lean at the command "fence," a even more unsuitable modification to sabre than usual.  So the new solution for the new rule is that fencers will come on guard with their front foot 1.5 meters from the center line, or 3 meters apart.  All strips in the United States should be marked with this new on guard line for the test period. 

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