Sabre Tournament

General rules (Sabre)

Protection gear:

What is required:

  • Mask
  • Glove for the hand holding the weapon
  • Groin cups
  • Standard fencing jacket
  • Standard fencing trousers (if the legs are an agreed valid target)

Heavy protection gear like hockey gear, chainmail, gambeson with plates etc. is not allowed.

The judge may decide the protection gear to be inappropriate. In this circumstance, the indicated equipment must be exchanged for something appropriate.


Only steel sabres are accepted. Both contestants should use sabres of similar shape. An extremely hard and unyielding sabre may be deemed unacceptable by the judge. In that case, a replacement sabre can be borrowed from the reception desk. If any one contestant does not own a sabre, he or she may borrow one from the reception desk.

What counts as a point:

A hit can be a blow, a thrust or a cut. After both sabre cups have touched each other, no valid hit can be scored. Every hit on a valid target area counts equally. Double hits don´t count. After two double hits in a row, the judge decides per coin toss, who will be awarded a point in case of another double hit. If a fighter crosses the end of his combat line with both legs, a point is awarded to the opponent.

Target area:

The body from the beltline up. No valid target areas are the back hand until the wrist and the fore arm until three fingers wide down from the elbow. (marked with a coloured band). If a valid target area is covered by the back hand, the hit on the back hand counts. The legs can be a valid target, if both fighters agree on it.


The judge decides, who will be awarded the point after a hit. He is entitled to give warnings for:

  • Leaving the combat line
  • Hitting a non valid target area
  • Hitting after the command “stop” of the judge
  • Turning the back to the opponent before the command “stop” of the judge
  • The use of the back hand (i.e. grabbing the opponents weapon)
  • Arguing with the judge about a decision.


Two warnings in a fight will lead to a penalty point. Every following warning in this fight will lead to a penalty point. Warnings count only for the specific fight.

Unsportsmanlike behaviour will lead to immediate disqualification. For instance:

  • trash talk
  • insulting the opponent, the judges or the audience
  • brutality
  • · repeatedly arguing with the judge after receiving warning

Tournament style:

To win a fight, one needs five points. There will be one or two rounds of pools, depending on the number of participants. After the round(s) of pools, all participants will be ranked according tothe following criteria: number of victories, hit difference total, number of hits set total. If two fencers are ranked equally, a ranking fight for three points will lead to the final placement. The best four fighters fence a pool to decide the first four places in the tournament.