Oceania and NZ National Seniors& Veteran Championships 2022

Registration

Registration closes on October 17th at 8:00pm. Late entries close on October 20th at 8:00pm. After this date entry will be at the discretion of the DT and Referees representative. Team nominations need to be entered by 17th October, please ensure team manager contact details are supplied.

Entry Fees: (NZ Dollars)

  • Oceania & NZ Senior Championship: $90.00 for each weapon
  • National Veteran Championship: $80.00
  • Team Events: $150.00 per team
  • Late Entries, received after 8:00pm on October 17th will attract an additional fee of $50.00
  • Entry fees are payable via the entry system.

Multiple Discipline Entry: if you are entered in multiple weapons and your next one starts prior to completion of the first, you will be scratched from the start on the second event and are expected to continue to compete in the first event. No refund will be provided.

Location

Gear Requirements

For Oceania and New Zealand Senior Individual and Oceania Team events

EquipmentStandard
TorsoMinimum of 1600N protection. i.e an 800N plastron and an 800N Jacket
Breeches800N (CEN 2)
Foil SpecificFIE blades are required with 2-pin body wires. FIE no.3 size blades are acceptable.
Epee SpecificFIE blades are required.
Leon Paul SR-71 blades date stamped 2013 to 2015 will not be accepted.
Leon Paul V blade without a unique serial number will not be accepted.
Sabre SepcificFIE blades S2000 or later are required
MaskFIE Rules apply. Min 1600N Double Strapped
WiresFIE Rules apply – clear wires and plugs
Names do NOT need to be printed on Jackets or Lames.
All equipment is to meet all other FIE rules and standards.
Weapons, wires, masks, gloves, and conductive jackets (lames) will all be
subject to a weapons control.
Please note: at foil and sabre, clear plugs on the wires will be required and
only 2-pin body wires will be allowed.

For NZ Veteran Events

quipmentStandard
TorsoMinimum of 1150N protection. i.e an 350N plastron and an 800N Jacket or the reverse.
Breeches350N (CEN 1)
Foil SpecificFIE blades are required with either Bayonet or 2-pin body wires. FIE no.3 size blades are acceptable
Epee SpecificFIE blades are required.
Leon Paul SR-71 blades date stamped 2013 to 2015 will not be accepted.
Leon Paul V blade without a unique serial number will not be accepted.
Sabre SepcificFIE blades S2000 or later are required
Names do NOT need to be printed on Jackets or Lames.

Time Table

Saturday 22nd of October

EventRegistration OpensRegistration ClosesStart time
Men’s Foil7:45am8:00am8:30am
Women’s ÉpéeMorning
Men’s & Women’s SabreAfternoon
Oceania Men’s Foil TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals
Oceania Women’s Epee TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals

Sunday 23rd of October

EventRegistration OpensRegistration ClosesStart time
Any Team matches not completedSaturday will re-start at8:30am
Men’s Épée9:45am10:0010:30am
Women’s FoilMorning
Vet Men’s & Women’s SabreAfternoon
Oceania Men’s Sabre TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals
Oceania Women’s Sabre TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals

Monday 24th of October

EventRegistration OpensRegistration ClosesStart time
Vet Men’s & Women’s Épée8:158:30am8:30am
Oceania Men’s Epee TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals8:45
Oceania Women’s Foil TeamsStart of Indiv. Semi Finals8:45
Veteran Men’s & Womens FoilAfternoon


*Start times will be set once entries are closed ** Team events will follow the associated individual events

More Information

Sabre

Sabre is the fastest and most aggressive of the weapons, though still requires cunning and tactics. Unlike Epée and foil, points are scored through a cutting movement on the edge of the blade, against the opponent’s upper body. The sabre is the modern version of the slashing cavalry sword. Initially heavy and curved, the present-day weapon is extremely light and straight.

To simulate a cavalry rider on a horse, the target area is the entire body above the waist, excluding the hands. Sabre bouts are often over very quickly, but similarly to foil, are also dictated by rules of priority.

Historical Context

The sabre is the modern version of the slashing cavalry sword. It was quite popular (it was very effective) and was adopted by several European armies. In fact, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the cavalry of all nations practiced sabre fencing and fighting.

Initially heavy and curved, the present day weapon is extremely light and straight. To simulate a cavalry rider on a horse, the target area is the entire body above the waist, excluding the hands.

In addition, sabre employs rules of priority, which are very similar to foil, but with some subtle differences.  Like foil, the fencer who starts to attack first is given priority should his opponent counter-attack. However, sabre referees are much less forgiving of hesitation by an attacker. It is common to see a sabre fencer execute a stop cut against their opponent’s forearm during such a moment of hesitation, winning right-of-way and the point. Another major distinction of the sabre is that sabre fencers can score with the edge of their blade as well as their point.

The sabre fencer’s uniform features an electrically wired metallic lamé, which fully covers their valid target area. Because the head is valid target area, the fencer’s mask is also electrically wired. One significant departure from foil is that off-target hits do not register on the scoring machine, and therefore do not halt the fencing action.

If epee is the weapon of patient, defensive strategy, then sabre is its polar opposite. In sabre, the rules of right-of-way strongly favour the fencer who attacks first, and a mere graze by the blade against the lamé registers a touch. As a result, sabre is a fast, aggressive game with fencers rushing their opponent from the moment their referee gives the instruction to fence. As fending off the attack of a skilled opponent is nearly impossible, sabre fencers very rarely purposely take the defensive. However, when forced to do so, they often go all-out using spectacular tactical combinations in which victory or defeat is determined by the slightest of margins.

Epee

While a special version of the foil was developed for practice, another type of sword was created for duelling. The blade had a triangular cross-section, with slightly concave sides to reduce weight without reducing strength.  The colichemarde evolved into the modern epee. 

In epee the entire body is considered a valid target. Points can be scored simultaneously by both fencers, meaning timing and tactics are an essential part of an épéeist’s repertoire.

Historical Context

While a special version of the court sword, the foil, was developed for practice, another type of sword, the colichemarde, was created for duelling. The blade had a triangular cross-section, with slightly concave sides to reduce weight without reducing strength and the forte was grooved to allow the blood to drain away (and to make it easier to remove the sword from the body!).

As the epee evolved, the idea was to develop epee fencing in a manner that reproduced as closely as possible the conditions of an actual duel to first blood. As a result, in epee the entire body is considered a valid target and there is no priority rule: anything goes (almost).

Epee fencers score a point by hitting their opponent first. If the fencers hit each other within 1/25th of a second, both receive a point – this is commonly referred to as a double touch.
The lack of right-of-way combined with a full-body target naturally makes epee a game of careful strategy and patience – wild, rash attacks are quickly punished with solid counter-attacks. So, rather than attacking outright, epeeists often spend several minutes probing their opponent’s defences and manoeuvring for distance before risking an attack. Others may choose to stay on the defensive throughout the entire bout. As an epee watcher you also need to have patience.

Foil

The foil used by fencers today is the modern version of the original practice weapon used by nobility to train for duels.  It all evolved as fencing for exercise – based on speed and skill – (as opposed to the ability to cut someone in combat), began to emerge.

To score points with the foil, the fencer must land the tip of the blade on a valid target which is roughly the trunk of the body. The arms, neck, head and legs are considered off-target. There is a rule called right of way that dictates who is able to score points within a fencing action.

Historical Context

The foil used by fencers today is the modern version of the original practice weapon used by nobility to train for duels. It all evolved as fencing for exercise – based on speed and skill – (as opposed to the ability to cut someone in combat), began to emerge.

As this practice became more popular, a longer, lighter weapon was developed. The weapon’s extended length forced opponents to fight at a distance with quick but controlled lunges, attacking the enemy with the point of the sword, replacing rudimentary hacking techniques.

Under Louis XIV in France, a change in fashion led to a new kind of sword, a shorter sword. (Apparently the long sword clashed with the brocaded jackets, breeches and silk stockings).  The court sword, as it was known, turned out to be an excellent weapon for fencing because it was both lighter and stronger, so it could be used for defence as well as offence.  As a result, the modern one-handed fencing technique developed where the left hand and arm are used primarily for balance.

The foil is designed for thrusting. The blade is very thin, with a blunted (or foiled) tip. Foil blades are flexible enough to bend upon striking an opponent, in order to prevent injuries.

To score points with the foil, the fencer must land the tip of the blade on a valid target: along the torso from shoulders to groin in the front and to the waist in the back. The arms, neck, head and legs are considered off-target.

The concept of on-target and off-target evolved from the theory of 18th-century fencing masters, who taught their pupils to only attack the vital areas of the body (i.e. the torso). While the head is also a vital area of the body, attacks to the face were considered rude and therefore discouraged.

Because the foil was a training sword, it was important for the rules of foil to reflect the logic of combat.  For newcomers to foil fencing, one of the most challenging concepts to grasp is the rule of Priority. Basically, priority rule states that the fencer who started to attack first will receive the point if they hit a valid target, and that their opponent is obligated to defend themselves.  Subtle changes in foot and arm position can make the difference and are often hard to pick up for the spectator with an untrained eye.

However, if a fencer hesitates for too long while advancing on their opponent, they give up priority to their opponent. A touch scored against an opponent who hesitated too long is called an attack in preparation or a stop-hit, depending on the circumstances.

Although some foil fencers still employ the classical technique of parries and thrusts, the flexible nature of the foil blade permits the modern foil fencer to attack an opponent from seemingly impossible angles.  Because parrying (blocking) attacks can be very difficult, the modern game of foil has evolved into a complicated and exciting game of multiple feints, ducking and sudden, explosive attacks, making it a lot of fun to watch.

Recent Competition Highlights

Congratulations to all our fencers training hard and doing their best. Some recent highlights:

  • Ellen Li, Nicole Martin, Casper Howell and Thomas Hoskings competed with aplomb at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in London.
  • Thomas Hoskings and Daniel Ko – North Island Championship titles.
  • Esme, Marianna, George and Aiden – well done on your performance at the Central U11 & U13  –  Competition #3.