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Social Behavior in the Fencing Salle


General Obligations:

     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 instructor's voice.

     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 accidents.

     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 be avoided.

     Article 3: It is absolutely obligatory when fencing, that every time one is hit, to announce the touch, saying toccato.

     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 www.scherma.org.