Rules of Bedroom Fencing

  1. Each fencer shall furnish his own equipment for play. Normally one sword and the proper protective gear.
  2. Play on the strip must be approved by the owner of the target.
  3. Unlike conventional fencing, the object is to impale the target.
  4. For most effective play, the sword should have a firm, but not sharp, blade.The owner of the target is permitted to check the blade and protective equipment before play begins.
  5. Target owners reserve the right to restrict blade length to avoid damage to the target.
  6. The object of the game is to lunge, recover, lunge, recover until the target owner is satisfied that enough touches have been scored. Failure to do so may result in a black card and being banned from the strip.
  7. It is considered bad form to begin fencing immediately upon arrival at the strip.It is important to engage in certain exercise before fencing.The experienced fencer will check out the entire strip, paying close attention to any elevations present.
  8. Fencers are cautioned not to mention other strips they have or are currently fencing on to the strip owner.Broken blades and dented guards may result from angered strip owners.
  9. It is very important for fencers to bring the proper protective gear, just in case.
  10. Fencers should assure themselves that their match is properly scheduled, particularly when fencing on a new strip for the first time. Previous fencers have been known to become irate if they discover someone else fencing on what they consider to be a private strip.
  11. Fencers should not assume that all targets are eligible at all times.Some fencers may be embarrassed if they find the strip to be temporarily under repair.More advanced fencers will find alternative moves.
  12. Fencers are advised to obtain strip owners permission before lunging for the more advanced targets.
  13. Slow fencing is encouraged; however, fencers should be prepared to fence at a quicker pace, at least temporarily, at the strip owners request.
  14. Fencers are reminded that foil and epee fencers may only use the tip of the blades, whereas sabre fencers are encouraged to use the whole length.
  15. It is considered outstanding performance, time permitting, to fence on the strip several times times in one meet.
  16. The strip owner will be the soul judge of who is the best fencer.

  • Fencers are advised to think twice before considering membership at a given strip. Additional assessments may be levied by the strip owner and the rules are subject to change. For this reason, many fencers prefer to continue to fence on several different strips.

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