The yelling that goes on in fencing was probably the most surprising thing to me when I watched my first fencing tournament. Here I thought it was a “gentile” sport, full of pomp and circumstance instead I seem to recall a lot of high pitch shrieks that pierced the ears and not in a dangly way. A lot of aggressive roars that made you wonder if someone had been gored or if Saskquatch had taken up fencing, and the occasional yip of a young fencer still learning the yelling ropes. For those youngsters (and their parents), I thought I’d share this blog on the 10 Commandments of Yelling in Fencing.
Fencers like to debate about yelling in the sport and whether or not this is unsportsmanlike, whifferninnious conduct. The truth is, yelling is a part of fencing, and those who are offended by it are likely the same people who were tattle tailing on the playground until they were 18 years old.
Yelling in the right of way weapons (sabre and foil) is a way to assert confidence of a touch after a point.
Yelling in epee is a way of releasing the pent up tension associated with setting up a touch and scoring accordingly.
Good old fashioned yelling is not unsportsmanlike and is a big part of all three weapons. Almost all Olympians yelled, and the act of yelling is commonplace in elite level competition. However, there are certain kinds of yelling that there is no place for in fencing. Because, as intense as our sport is, at…
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