Social Behavior in the
Article 1: All individuals occupying
the fencing salle must behave in a civil and educated manner.
Article 2: During the lessons
bystanders must not prevent the student(s) from hearing the
Article 3: It is prohibited to engage
in the exercise of arms in the fencing salle without a protective jacket,
glove, and mask appropriate to the weapon in use, in order to prevent
Article 4: It is obligatory that
everyone wishing to engage in the exercise of arms in the fencing
salle first sign a waiver of liability.
Obligations of the Students:
Article 1: Students may free fence
only if an instructor, knowing their ability, gives them permission.
Article 2: It is the obligation of the
students themselves, when fencing, to observe from time to time, whether or
not the point of the weapon is covered with a button, so that accidents can
Article 3: It is absolutely obligatory
when fencing, that every time one is hit, to announce the touch, saying
Article 4: During fencing, if one of the
two fencers is by chance disarmed, and his weapon drops, the other,
regardless of his rank, must pick it up and hand it to his adversary by
the guard, in order to avoid even the idea of haughtiness.
Article 5: If it occurs that an
instructor breaks one or more blades in the lesson or assult, when training
his or her students, it is the obligation of the club to pay for it.
Similarly, if not as an obligation, as least one of courtesy, it is
customary that when a guest breaks his blade that his host pays for it.
And when two students fence and break blades, no reason for why the blades
were broken is sought; instead, the expense is always borne by the
individual left holding the broken weapon.
Customs and Traditions:
Article 1: Fencers should salute prior to beginning any drills or bouts which involve multiple fencers. In a formal situation the order of this salute is first to the opponent, then to the judges/audience on the left, then to the judges/audience on the right.
Article 2: At the end of every bout the fencers should remove their masks, disarm themselves, and shake with their sword hands.
Notice: many of these rules have been adapted from those written by Lambertini,
Vittorio. Trattato di scherma. Bologna, 1870, as posted at