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Fourth Rank Blue Band - Sabre

A) Length of attendance:

It is suggested that a new club member attend regularly (at least twice per week) for 3 semesters before testing for this rank.

Minimum attendance time before testing: 20 practices as a 3rd rank before examination. (In the case of a new member with previous experience at another club, this time serves to assure that the member has patience, and forces them to review the techniques of foil, which are essential to the practice of all the weapons).

B) Participation

Compete in five public bouts. Judge five bouts. Direct two public bouts

C) Candidate must be of the 3rd rank.

The Testing:

All techniques should be done from a proper guard, attacks should be done with a properly executed lunge, etc. A salute should be made when beginning techniques that touch a living\ opponent. Failure in these things is equivalent to failure in the technique.

A) Candidate must demonstrate the following skills/techniques:

Basics:
   
Holding the Sabre
    Hand Positions

Guard:
    The Guard Stance
    Invitations/Engagements
    The Lines

Basic Attacks:
    Point Thrusts
      Straight Thrust
      Disengagement and Lunge
      Glide
    Cuts
      Draw vs. Push
      Direct
      Circular

Defense:
    Simple Parry
       6th
    Circular Parry
    Semi-Circular Parry
    Ceding Parry
       1st
       4th
    Riposte
       Simple Riposte
         By Point Thrust
         By Glide
         By Direct Cut
         By Circular Cut
         By Counter-cut
    Compound Riposte
      By Feint with Point Thrust
      By Feint with Direct Cut

Compound Attacks:
     Single Feint
       By Direct Point Thrust
       By Direct Cut
       By Disengagement with the Point
       By Glide with the Point
       Eluding Parries
         by Disengagement
         by Deceive
    Double Feint
       (as above)
    Triple Feint
       (as above)

Actions on the Blade:
    Blade Seizure
    Change of Engagement
    Transport
       Followed by Glide
       Followed by Cut
    Beat (with Point Thrust, Direct Cut, Circular Cut, or Feint)
       Simple Beat
       Change Beat
       Circular Beat
       Grazing Beat
    Expulsion
    Pressure

Renewed Attacks:
    Redoublement
       With the Point
       With a Descending Cut to the Head
    Running Attack

Counter-offense:
    Disengagement in Time
    Arrest
    Time Thrust
       Time Thrust by Cut to the Arm
    Appuntata
    Inquartata

Counter-time (Attacks in time):
    Feint in Time
    Counter-Disengagement
    Arrest in Counter-time

B) Candidates must be able to explain the following topics:

Marital Philosophy / Tactics:
    Time/Tempo

    Measure/Distance
    First and Second Intention Actions
    Probing Actions
    Actions of Concealment

Rules & Officiating:
    The Sabre Target
    Double Hits (Right-of-Way/Priority)

Armoring:
   
Parts of the Sabre

Permissions:

A) Students will be able to assist in teaching with the head instructor discretion as well as freeassault in sabre after completion. Students are also encouraged to branch their study into other historical weapons.

B) Fencers of the 4th rank have the permission to bout sabre and do bladework drills with\other fencers of the 4th rank or higher using club gear and at club functions without needing an instructor's direct supervision--as long as the club's standard safety rules are followed!

C) Fencers of the 4th rank are granted the ability to borrow equipment pertaining to sabre from the club outside of club meeting times. However, they must obtain permission from the Head Instructor, and need to sign for all items using the registry.

D) Fencers of the 4th rank can serve as directors for foil bouts held at Whitman College.

E) Fencers of the 4th rank can propose candidates for 1st thru 3rd ranks to the Head Instructor (serve as sponsors for 1st thru 3rd ranks).