What is Sabre Sword Fencing?

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If you take it literally sabre is the oldest way of sword dueling. It is modified modern version of past slashing cavalry sword.

  • Like epee, Sabre weapon also has hand protection but molded as bell guard.
  • A socket for body wire is found underneath the bell guard
  • The entire standard weapon is about 41 inches and of maximum weight of 500g.
  • It is shorter than foil and epee and lighter than the epee

The target area of Sabre weapon –

  • The major difference is that sabre is a thrusting weapon as well as a cutting weapon. Which means you can not only use tip to score but the entire blade can be used to score.
  • The target area is from the bend of the hips, both front and back, to the top of the head.
  • Notice that Head and body above hips is part of the target area. This is what makes it very similar to cavalry rider on a horse.

Blade and its networking with uniform and scoring on the machine –

  • The fencer’s uniform includes a metallic jacket which is called lame
  • This covers the target area to register a valid touch on the scoring machine
  • Since the head is part of the valid target area, the mask is different from foil and epee, with a metallic covering
  • Just as in foil, there are two scoring lights on the machine. One shows a green light when a fencer is hit, and one shows a red light when the opponent has hit. Off-target hits do not register on the machine.

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