Scoring Table that indicates competition draw. 

Within the poule and d/e bouts


The part of the weapon where the handle, guard and pommel sit

Tac au Tac 

A riposte made immediately after a percussive parry by bouncing forward off the opponent’s blade. 


1/ Often used on fingers and pistol grips for added grip

2/ See foil tape


The speed at which a fencing movement is taken, within fencing time related to cadence (conducted speed and repetition ie the beat) 


Ensure equipment is of FIE regulations


Persons involved in the checking of competitors ensuring the following of FIE regulations 

Three (3) minutes

Standard allowable timing for a poule bout

Three Prong 

“Fil de corps épée” 

A type of epee body wire/connector; also an old- fashioned tip that would snag clothing, to make it easier to detect hits in the pre-electric era. 


Means for attaching parts to blade – locking mechanism

Thrown Point 

Coup lancé, “bingo” 

A “flick”. 


Coup de pointe

 coup d’estoc

An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point. 


Tierce (parry no 3 Sabre position)

Parry #3; blade up and to the outside, wrist pronated. 


Time [fencing] (or Fencing Tempo):

Fencing time is the time required to perform one simple fencing action. There’s no clock measurement of this time; it’s subjectively determined by the Director.


Extreme end of weapon. In   Foil and Epee the button is depressed to score a touch


“Point” often signaled by opponent when hit is scored


Amount of pressure / force required to score a hit / touché



Standard target area for foil ie not arms head or legs / also part of target for other weapons

Toss (of the coin)

1/ Determines priority when scores are tied after time has expired.  1 minute extension given to break tie.

2/ Determines top or bottom draw in an “Italian Relay” teams event

Travel spring

Spring in base of epee tip that completes circuit


A diagonal chest cut: banderole.

Time Hit 

Coup de temps

Also time-thrust; old name for stop hit with opposition. 



Deception of the parry.

Two Prong 

“Fil de corps fleuret / sabre” 

A type of body-wire/connector, used in foil and sabre.








Sabre cutting action to weapon arm, a low line attack to underarm 







When it’s ruled that a touch has been scored on the legitimate target area.


Electrical Lamé The electrically conducting over-garment which is worn over the standard foil jacket to distinguish valid, on-target hits from invalid, off-target hits.


Over 40+

Video Referee

Analysis via review by Referee viewing a repeat of fencing actions at International Competitive events often at side of the Piste, 



Formal notice made by the Director to a competitor that a rule infraction has taken place and that penalties may be applied.


The correct terminology for all the fencing apparatus

Weapon testing

Competition regulations specified by FIE standards, conducted before roll call to ensure correct weapons are used – specifically Foil stamps, Epee stamps, Sabre 2000 blades incl. FIE Stamp, Lame resistance, bodywire standards.

Weight test

Pre Bout procedure conducted to FIE standards weapons must hold and repel weight Foil 500g, Epee 750g & travel spring resistance




Coup fouetté

In sabre, a touch that results from the foible of the blade whipping over the opponent’s guard or blade when parried.


Insulated Copper conductive cord connecting Tip and socket to bodywire. In Foil single, Epee double



Fencing clothing.




Yellow card

Carton jaune

A penalty received resulting in a warning

Also advertisement, warning; used to indicate a minor rule infraction by one of the fencers.


Yielding A parrying technique which uses the opponent’s pressure on the defending blade to divert the defending and attacking blades into another line where the line is then closed.







Historical movie fictitious character Don Diego Vega (the masked Zorro), fought for his people and for Spain. Highly trained in the art of fencing

Named so as is Spanish for “Fox”



Conventional fastener for fencing gear, placed on the opposite side of the chest to the fencers arm, also used on back of jackets –  Lamé, coaching jackets


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