Fundamentals of fencing begin with the basics. Learn about the weapons and how they are used. This video will show you how.
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Hi my name is Brad Bogus. Alright next I'm going to show you the weapon. I'm going to show you all the parts and guide you through the basic fundamentals of what the weapon looks like. Like I said, there are 3 different weapons and with each of them associated a style. The one I'm showing you is foil and this is what it looks like, it looks like your basic sword, very slender blade and very flexible, that's extremely important in fencing. Right here where it bends that's known as the foil it's the most flexible and most pliable part of the blade. You move closer to the end and you have the forte, it's strong and not as bendable, this is where you get most of your control right here. The back part is known as the hilt, starting with the bell guard, the bell guard is known as such because its round and makes kind of a bell sound, as you can see, protects my hand from any sword puncturing it in any way. Right here we have the grip, now the grip can be tricky because there are two basic types of grip. There's a French grip which looks like a long slender handle, has a strong hump on the back which is a weight that keeps the sword distributed evenly and then there's a pistol grip which is what this is. As you can see the pistol grip looks kind of like a pistol, it has a handle has what you would call a barrel and I guess you would call this the hammer, right? There are lots of different types of pistol grips depending on which region they were created in, there's a German pistol grip, a Belgium, a Spanish, an Italian, this one's a German and they're all basically the same, the only difference is the degree in angle of the handle and what not. On the inside, you'll see a little padded piece; this protects your fingers from jamming up against the metal on the inside of the bell guard. On this side we have what's called a bayonet, it's generally a two prong piece that you stick two electrical pieces of metal into that are connected to a wire which goes down the length of your shirt and into a box that registers points. Now it's all electrical, but as I said, you plug in here it's connected to the wire which runs down the length of the blade all the way to the tip. Now with this fencing foil, I'm showing you an electric competitive foil. And if you're using a practice foil, you won't have a tip like this, you'll have generally a rubber piece called a button on the end, but this one is an electrical competitive foil. You'll see a tip, it depresses very slightly and once it does that, and it makes a connection with the labaj, the metal piece that most fencers wear, it creates a circuit and registers a point in the box. That's the basic fundamentals of the weapon; next I'm going to show you some of the basic foot work in fencing.

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