Fencing requires a great deal of focus and self-discipline. It also involves choosing the right weapon. There are three different weapons in modern competitive fencing: epee, foil, and sword. Each has its own unique rules and requirements. The right weapon will allow you to advance and retreat quickly.
The tireless community-driven efforts of the Waipu Cove Reserve Board have been rewarded with a national award. The board’s work to restore the coastal dunes around their popular campground has won a Coastal Dune Restoration Award.
The epee is a one-handed sword that has a large offset cup hilt and a 90 cm triangular cross-section straight blade. It has a maximum weight of 770 g. The weapon is used in épée fencing, which differs from foil and sabre due to the larger target area and the lack of a right-of-way rule.
Fencing equipment consists of a jacket, an under-layer stretching halfway down the sword arm known as a plastron, a glove for the sword hand, and breeches or short trousers that stop just before the knee. The jacket has padding and sockets for wires that register hits automatically. A plastic chest protector is mandatory for women and optional for men. The breeches and socks are designed to prevent wear from lunging movements.
Body cords connect the weapon to the lame (foil & sabre) or the bib of the mask (epee). The epee cord has two sets of three prongs. One set plugs into the weapon and the other into the reel.
Fencing swords come in various forms and shapes depending on the weapon. The most common of these swords is the foil. It has a light blade and is flexible, which makes it the fastest and most entertaining to watch. Its weight and flexibility also allow for more attacks. Each sword has a grip, handguard, and blade. The blade can be electric or non-electric, and the guard is designed to protect the fencer’s hand. The sword’s hilt may have one or more rings.
The main objective of fencing is to score points on the opponent’s target area. Touches on the torso (front and back) are scored, but touches on the arms and crotch are not. The first fencer to touch the target area wins the point, but if two fencers hit at the same time, then the fencer who has the right of way gets the point. This is determined by a referee. Fencing requires a high level of athleticism and quick reflexes.
Foil is one of the three weapons used in modern fencing, along with the epee and sabre. It was first developed in the 16th century and can be used for both thrusting and slashing attacks. It was the first sword to be used in a sport that involved padded gloves and a protective mask. Foil fencers use a large bell-shaped metal guard to protect their hands.
The foil has the shortest blade of all the fencing weapons, but is still extremely dangerous when it is used improperly. It requires a lot of coordination to maneuver the weapon and avoid injury. The target area for foil includes the torso (excluding the bottom half of the mask) and the feet. Touches made to the head or the arms are off-target and do not count for points.
Foils can add depth to your characters and help you build tension and accentuate conflict in your story. They can also be a useful tool to develop your hero’s character arc and show their weaknesses and strengths.
Fencing Waipu requires a great deal of focus and self-discipline. It is also important to find a club that is compatible with your individual goals. For example, if you are interested in learning épée, you should look for a club that offers classes in this weapon. Beginners should begin by practicing basic footwork, such as advancing and retreating.
Tireless community-driven efforts to restore coastal dunes around Camp Waipu Cove have been rewarded with the national Coastal Dune Restoration Award. The award recognises the work that has been done to reduce sediment, E coli and nutrients entering Lake Whangape through fencing, riparian planting and kaitiaki monitoring. This has benefited the health of the lake and its biodiversity. It is hoped that the dune restoration project can be extended to further areas adjacent to the campground.