The main difference between sports and stage fencing is that in sports fencing, the result is a victory in a duel, and in stage fencing, an assessment of the audience. This defines the different tasks that stage and sports fencing is designed to solve.
The task of stage fencing is to teach future actors to conduct a believable, aesthetically verified, expressive duel, filling it with sculptural positions and scenically spectacular movements. The task of sports fencing is the formation of the athlete’s technical and tactical skills, general physical and psychological qualities that allow him to prevail over rivals in fights. Continue reading
The Soviet Olympic champion in fencing died from a rapier shot in the eye. After his death, organs were stolen
Fencing is the most romantic sport reminiscent of the times of musketeers and dueling with swords. Now there is not much left of the fleur of Paris and D’Artagnan, and PR specialists in international federations are constantly thinking how to change this. Of course, masks prevent people from being associated with superheroes. The mesh surface closes the eyes of the rivals, and because of this creates the impression of a fake battle.
How can one enjoy a beauty and a cup, a happy blade when you have special armor? Surely advertisers and television several times approached the judges and the technical committee and asked to soften the protection of the masks – to make them transparent, to loosen security controls for the sake of an attractive picture and new revenues. And probably every time they heard: “Have you forgotten about Smirnov?” Continue reading