First Rank –
Band - Beginning Foil
A) Length of attendance:
Minimum attendance time before testing: 15 practices, with
discretion for those with previous
B) Candidate should have participated in at least two assaults
previously with instructors.
The purpose of the 1st rank testing is for the candidate to
demonstrate the knowledge and
ability needed to fence safely with the foil in a bout.
A) Candidate must demonstrate the following skills/techniques:
Notice, 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 aliving opponent. Failure in these things is equivalent to
failure in the technique.
On guard Advance
Distance maintaining drill
Salute (Simple [assault], and grand [judged])
(Candidates should be proficient in the following actions in all
Disengage and Lunge
Riposte (direct & indirect)
Actions on the Blade:
Blade Seizure (engagement)
Change of Engagement
B) Candidates must be able to explain the following topics:
Tactical: Foil Target Area
Priority and Right-of-Way (basics)
Distance control (close, in-, far)
Defense of Measure
Rules & Officiating:
Toccato-Grazie Scoring System
Strip dimensions (AFL or true classical (20’x3’)?)
Minor (group I) bout offenses for standard foil (AFL)
Sportsmanship and “Social Behavior in the Salle”
Cleaning and care of basic fencing gear
Identify components of the standard foil (French and Italian
C) Candidate must participate in a bout with the sponsor. This
bout should be to 5 points. The
outcome of the bout (winner/loser) has no bearing on the
candidate's success in the testing.
Rather, this serves as a chance to teach the candidate what a
good bout should be like,
and to make sure they can demonstrate the needed control to be
safe in a bouting situation.
The candidate will be graded out 10 points on their execution of
control. The sponsor should
execute her/his actions with good control and form to allow the
candidate a chance to properly
demonstrate his/her skill.
A) Fencers of the 1st rank have the permission to bout foil and
do bladework drills with other
fencers of the 1st 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!
B) Fencers of the 1st rank are granted the ability to borrow
equipment pertaining to foil 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.