Red Sun Classical Fencing

The Traditional School of Classical Italian Fencing – Serving Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico


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Red Sun Classical Fencing 10th Anniversary Tournament, Saturday October 22nd, 2022
Red Sun Classical Fencing
Located within Duke City Fencing
2840 Girard Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
-Sign-in and Equipment Inspection begins at 9AM.
-Fencing, beginning with Foil, will start at 10AM.
-There will be a 1 hour break for lunch after the Foil bracket has been completed.
-After lunch, the Epee and Sabre brackets will be fenced until complete.
-After the tournament, there will be a gathering (time and place TBD) open to all competitors and those involved with the tournament.
-The following Sunday, October 23rd, the sala will open 10am-2pm for free fencing.

Red Sun Classical Fencing is pleased to announce a tournament to be held in honor of the 10th anniversary of its founding. The tournament is open to any fencers 13 years of age or older. Weapons to be fenced include the foil, epee, and sabre. Prizes will be awarded to the first place finisher in each bracket. See below for specific rules, regulations, and requirements. Register by filling out the registration form at the bottom of this Event’s section.

Covid19 policy:
Red Sun Classical Fencing is currently a “face covering optional” facility. However, we feel that the responsible thing to do, given the anticipated size of the event, is attempt to ensure the safety of attendees and participants to the best of our ability; therefore, proof of Covid19 vaccination (plus applicable booster(s)), a negative Covid19 test result taken just prior to the tournament, or proof of recovery from Covid19 within the 90 days prior to the tournament is required.

Protective Equipment Requirements
For all weapons, the following equipment requirements apply:
– 3-weapon mask
– Underarm protector
– Fencing jacket that overlaps the pants being worn; jackets must be white or natural/khaki color to facilitate judging of touches.
– Padded 3-weapon glove for the armed hand
– Anatomy-specific protection: Groin athletic protector for men, and a chest protector for women.
– Pants that cover the entire leg, or fencing knickers with long socks; those that are excessively baggy and/or stretchy are prohibited as these can cause blades to break.

Sabre additional protective equipment:
– a padded or hard elbow protector, or oversleeve, is required.

Additional protective equipment may be worn by the fencer if desired, but not less than the minimum described here.

Weapon Requirements and Rules
General – The following section applies to all weapons.
– It is highly recommended that competitors have 2 of any weapon they are competing in.
– All weapons used must be clean and free of rust and burrs.
– Any unsafe condition, such as loose construction or kinks/S-curves in blades, will disqualify the weapon from use.

– Any classical configuration of foil (French, Italian, Spanish, or Scuola Mista) may be used. Modern/Pistol grips are not allowed.
– Unwired electric blades with metal dummy tips are not allowed.
– The blade must be tipped with a leather, plastic, or rubber button and secured with tape.
– The use of a martingale or wrist strap is permitted if desired.
– Use of the off-hand is not allowed except where valid technique permits it (such as the passata sotto).
– Target area for Foil is the torso only, defined from a line drawn across the hips to the seams on the sleeves of the shoulder, including the back, and the bib of the mask.

– Any classical configuration of Epee (same as in Foil) may be used. Modern/Pistol grips are not allowed.
– Unwired electric blades with metal dummy tips are not allowed.
– Use of a pointe d’arret affixed to the tip of the blade is highly recommended, but not required. Otherwise, the blade must be tipped with a leather, plastic, or rubber button and secured with tape.
– The use of a martingale or wrist strap is permitted if desired.
– Use of the off-hand is not allowed except where valid technique permits it (such as the passata sotto).
– Target area for Epee is the whole body.

– Classical guard configurations are allowed, such as shell, Pecoraro, or Radaellian, as well as military-style 3/4 hilts. Bar hilts and Stirrup hilts are not permitted.
– Sabres must be fitted with an S2000 type blade.
– Touches may be made using the point, the whole true edge (cut), or the false edge constituting the back third of the blade nearest the tip (counter cut).
– Cuts must demonstrate adequate percussive force, and be pushed or drawn across target. Excessive or brutal force on the cut, or hacking/chopping actions, is not allowed and will be penalized.
– Use of the off-hand is not allowed.
– Target area for Sabre is everything above the waist, including torso, arms down to the wrist, and head. For the purposes of this tournament, the leading leg is NOT target.

General Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
Format: Round-Robin. All competitors in a given weapon bracket will fence all other competitors in that bracket. In the case of a large number of competitors in a given bracket, more than one pool may be created, or a double-elimination bracket may be created, at the discretion of the tournament organizers.
Scoring: Touches with the point of the weapons must set, and sufficient bend in the blade must occur to demonstrate penetrating power; additionally, in the case of sabre, cuts must land on the edge, and demonstrate sufficient percussion and slicing action. Touches will be awarded against the fencer receiving the touch. Disarmaments will stop the action; if a touch occurs during the disarming action and lands before the weapon hits the ground, the touch will be awarded. In Foil and Sabre, off-target touches will stop action, but no touch will be awarded. Double touches (or perceived double touches) will be adjudicated by priority if at all possible. A true double touch, which is simultaneous attacks or simultaneous replacements/renewals, will be dealt with according to the weapon with which it occurs; In Foil and Sabre, the action will be thrown out, with no touch awarded; in Epee, the touch will be awarded to both fencers.
Bout Parameters: Bouts in all weapons will be fenced to 3 touches against one fencer, or 5 minutes, whichever occurs first. In instances where the time limit elapses but both fencers have the same number of touches against, the bout will continue until the tie is broken.
Conditions of Victory: The objective is to hit your opponent without being hit yourself. The winner of a given bout is that fencer with a lower number of touches against than his/her opponent. The lowest total number of touches against in a given weapon bracket wins. If there are two (or more) fencers with the same number of touches against after a given weapon bracket has been fenced, there will be a second round in that weapon to break the tie.
General: The Director has the final say in all calls. Fencers are expected to acknowledge touches they’ve received. Fencers will stop action and return to first position upon the Director calling a “halt”. No speaking under arms is permitted, unless prompted by the Director, or if the fencer is acknowledging a touch, accepting a touch against them, or declining a touch they’ve delivered. Dangerous actions with any weapon, such as jabbing with the point of any weapon or excessively forceful cuts with the sabre, as well as unsportsmanlike, disrespectful, or vengeful behavior, will not be tolerated and will be penalized at the discretion of the director and tournament officials according to the severity of the offense, which can include a warning, penalty touches, loss of the bout, and/or ejection from the tournament. Bouts in all weapons will be fenced on a piste approximately 10 meters long by 1.5 meters wide. Both feet (any part of the foot) off the piste will stop the action, with a second offense resulting in a penalty touch against.

Travel and Lodging
For those flying in, the airport is Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). There are several hotels near the airport (about 10-15mins from the tournament venue), and several hotels near the venue itself, within a few minutes drive; simply Google search for hotels near the venue address above. Weather is generally pleasant in Albuquerque in October, if a bit chilly at times. The monsoon season ends in September, so rain generally isn’t a concern. Balloon Fiesta will also have ended by the timeframe of the tournament, so hotel price and availability should be very reasonable.

Registration Fee and Payment
Please register for the tournament by filling out and submitting the form below. Pre-Registration to participate in the tournament is required; no registrations will be taken the day of the tournament. Registration is to be received no later than October 15th (one week prior to the tournament).
The fee to enter the tournament is $20 to fence one weapon, plus $10 for each additional weapon fenced. A discount of $10 off the total registration fee applies for members of the Classical Fencing Society (Red Sun Classical Fencing, Marquette CFS, and Trovare di Spada). Payment can be made by cash, check, money order, or PayPal/Venmo. If paying by PayPal/Venmo, payment is expected with receipt of registration; if paying by cash, check, or money order, the fee will be collected the day of the tournament.

Registration Form
By filling out the registration form and hitting Submit, I acknowledge, agree to, and understand that: I am fully aware of and appreciate the risks, including the risk of catastrophic injury, paralysis, and even death, as well as other damages and losses, associated with participation in fencing practice and events. I further agree on behalf of myself, my heirs, and personal representatives, that Expressive Inertia LLC d/b/a Red Sun Classical Fencing (and its Instructor, Ryan Mank), the host organization (Duke City Fencing), and sponsors of any Red Sun Classical Fencing sanctioned event, along with the instructors, volunteers, employees, agents, officers and directors of these organizations, shall not be liable for any injury, loss of life or other loss or damage occurring as a result of my participation in fencing practices or events, or as a result of equipment that may have been provided to me for these activities.

Past Events

Radaellian Sabre Seminar, Saturday October 26th 2019

Red Sun Classical Fencing Intra-Sala Tournament, Sunday May 19th 2019

Red Sun Classical Fencing 5th Anniversary Tournament, Saturday June 17th, 2017

Red Sun Classical Fencing Intra-Sala Tournament, Sunday July 31st 2016

Spanish Swordsmanship Seminar, Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th 2016

Radaellian Sabre Workshop, Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th 2015

Paschen Rapier Seminar, Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st 2015

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