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The Physics of Fencing
Transcript of The Physics of Fencing
(2) Hewitt, Paul G. Conceptual Physics: The High School Physics Program. Needham, MA: Prentice Hall, 2002. Print. And Ms. Burke
(3) Helge, Jim. "The Official Cal Fencing Study Guide - Cal Fencing Club."Fencing.berkeley.edu/Docs/FencingStudyGuide.doc. Berkeley University of California, n.d. Web. <fencing.berkeley.edu/Docs/FencingStudyGuide.doc>.
(4) Acevedo, Laura. "Fencing Equipment Information." LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 11 June2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.<http://www.livestrong.com/article/145798-fencing-equipment-information/>.
(5) Terry, Sarah. "The History of the Fencing Sport." LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 20 Dec. 2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/339184-the-history-of-the-fencing-sport/>.
(6) "Fencing." LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.
(7) Morel, Jen. "Importance of Footwork in Fencing." LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 19 June 2011. Web. 17 Apr. 2013 .<http://www.livestrong.com/article/473803-importance-of-footwork-in-fencing/>. Fencing is the art of swordplay, it developed in the 15th century. Originally, fencing was a wild sport with secret thrusts, and multiple weapons. Fencing was later refined to an art with different styles developing in different regions of the world (5). As fencing continued to develop duels became tests of skill to settle a matter's of honor (5). And as dueling was banned in Europe and the US, fencing became a sport with weakened tips replacing deadly points. Feinting Lunge Short Lunge Parry Beat A beat is similar to a parry in that both are designed to move the opponent's foil. A beat, however, might better be described as an aggressive parry. A beat is when a fencer pushes (or beats) his or her foil against the opponent's to create an opening. A beat produces a break in the opponent's defense by pushing the foil away. However, if the opponent steps away and there is no collision, there is no reaction force to quickly stop the foil, which will leave the fencer's defense broken for a short time. Feint The video displays a feint then a lunge in slow motion for clarity. Minimal force is required for the feint (fake attack), as there is very little motion. However, the feint provokes the opponent to parry. The opponent would expect a reaction force from the collision of the two foils, but as there is no collision, the opponent's foil will travel farther from the body than a proper parry, thus creating an opening.