1st INTERNATIONAL HISTORICAL FENCING TOURNAMENT “CIUDAD DE TOLEDO”

Introduction and tournament considerations:

This tournament’s goal is for everyone to experience an enjoyable competition that encourages the participation of all kind of Historical fencing practitioners, regardless of their level of martial skill and knowledge.

Pros and cons of fencing competition have been much debated already and they will continue to be so in the future, but it is undeniable that competition is an element of Fencing that must be taken seriously for a complete martial experience; so it’s not so much about discussing its convenience, but the form it must take, and how it is shaped through its rules to achieve the goals the organization pursues.

Historical fencing has a vast array of competition rulesets and philosophies, depending on the organizations or countries organizing the tournaments, and we think that this is a logical and good situation,

We at the AEEA, from our more than 10 years long experience in the organization of internal and external tournaments, and with the ambition of improving our common interest in Historical Fencing, have decided to offer a Team Tournament, similar to the one held in our last International Meeting two years ago, with some modifications that, we hope, will improve the general experience and make the tournament more fun.

Classification phase

This is a Team Tournament, although there will be individual awards for those who obtain better scores.

There will be eight teams at maximum. Each team will have six fencers so there is a 48 participant limit.

The teams for the tournament will be created by the organization attending the following criteria:

  1. Fencers from the same salle and / or group.
  2. Geographical, personal and cultural proximity.
  3. All tournament participants without team after applying the above criteria will be raffled off until all teams are complete.

Each salle or group has the freedom to modify the team with the fencers

Team composition will be made public when tournament has closed (48 people limit has been reached).

In the classification phase there will be two poules with four teams each who will fight against each other inside their poule.

Each team fight will comprise six boutsTwo with rapier, two with rapier and dagger, one with longsword and one with sword and buckler.

The drawing of the poules will take place before the tournament starts.

If any weapon or weapons combination (rapier, longsword, rapier and dagger, sword and buckler) is missing in a team, an agreement can be reached with the other team to fight with another weapon or weapons combination.

The team members will decide who will fence with which weapon, but all the fencers in the team must fight at least one bout.

There will be four fighting fields, each with a Head Judge and two Assistant Judges.

Global team scoring will be the sum of individual scores.

When all fights are over, the two teams with the higher score in each poule will advance to the direct phase.

Direct phase:

Four team bracket. Single elimination.

There will be one fighting field, with a Head Judge and four Assistant Judges.

Tournament format:

Bouts end after 3 minutes.

The Head Judge will call “READY”“FIGHT” to signal that the bout has started. Upon witnessing a valid technique one or more judges will call “HALT”, the moment when all action must stop.

All the decisions of the Judges are final. Protesters can be disqualified.

 

Scoring:

Clear Thrusts to the head or torso: 3 points.

Clear Cuts to the head and neck:  3 points

In all the above cases, if the action lacks strength or clarity the final score (0-2 points) is assigned discretionally by the Head Judge.

Cuts and thrusts to other parts of the body in general (torso, arms and forearms):  0 – 2 points, at the discretion of the Head Judge.

Complete technical disarm: The fencer controls the weapon of the opponent and his/her own remains free: 3 points

The disarms must be clean. If while trying the disarm action a deadlock is reached or the fencer abandons their weapons for hand-to-hand combat the bout will be stopped and it will start over, with no points assigned.

The loss of the sword in other circumstance than a disarm is penalized with 3 points, unless the adversary stops and refuses the points – figuratively, is like letting the fencer recover his/her weapon. The bout would then continue with no points assigned.

In case of double-hits, both actions will score and both will be assessed.

The concept of afterblow does NOT exist. If an action takes place clearly after another it will not be taken into consideration. In case of doubt, it will be considered as a double-hit.

Deliberate cuts to the legs are not allowed, especially those under the knee. They can lead to disqualification.

A good attitude is expected from the fencers. If any of them do not behave properly, he will be notified. If he reiterates, he will be eliminated from the tournament.

From the fencers, it is expected that they consider their opponents as mates and not as enemies by respecting them at all times. The same behaviour is expected towards the Judges and the organization.

Karma rule: If a fencer makes another one abandon the tournament due to her/his direct actions (e.g. he breaks his/her finger), he’ll be also eliminated.

Each fencer can get additional points for:

Effectivity: More wounds inflicted and less received.
Technical execution: Judges will assess action complexity and difficulty, also, the variety of fencing actions.
Correct biomechanics: Judges will assess the movements of the fencer, their precision and fluidity.

 

Tournament equipment:

All the equipment will be checked for compliance before the tournament starts.

Mandatory:

Fencing jacket (adapted to the weapon to be used). Additional chest protector if wearing a light jacket
Fencing Mask
Elbow and Knee protector
Padded gloves (amount of padding according to the weapon to be used)

No bare skin is allowed.
Recommended:

Groin (men), breast protector (women)
Forearm protector
Gorget – throat protector (compulsory if the jacket doesn’t cover the neck properly)

The blades of the swords must be blunt, with rounded edges and tips, and feature a rubber or leather button. They must also be free of sharp, protruding nicks. They must flex when thrusting, at least when leaning on the sword the blade should start flexing.

Prizes:

Team Tournament

Awarded to the team who gets victory in the finals of the tournament.

Weapon Competition awards

Awarded to the team who scores higher after adding the overall points with a specific weapon/weapons combination.

Team rapier and dagger
Team rapier
Team longsword
Team sword and buckler

 

Individual competition awards:

Awarded to fencers who obtained the highest point score.

Gold, Silver and two Bronzes ex aequo.

The Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (13:00 PM). A representative of the City Council of Toledo will join us.