Modern Classical Fencing (MCF) – is a martial art sport coming from a diversified world of fencing. The main rule is ‘to hit without being hit’ – Primum Vivere Rule (Latin for ‘surviving first’). The main goal of Modern Classic Fencing is reproduce the actual duel as best as possible. Adults fight in the full contact formula, which in addition to weapon hit also allows punches, kicks, grappling, etc.
Rules and equipment
The main rule is ‘ to hit without being hit’ – Primum Vivere Rule. Players lose the fight not only when they get hit, but also when a simultaneous hit (so-called double-hit) occurs. Each fight takes place to three points counted from 3 to 0. The hit area is the whole body.
The weapon is modeled on a dueling weapon (sword, saber, and rapier). Smallswords have a small round guard; a saber is heavier than a sports saber hence do not bend so much; the third weapon is a rapier with a dagger – requiring the use of both hands. Foils are used only for training, which corresponds to their original purpose – as a rule, they were not used in duels or worn as side weapons (though some duels with them occurred). Competitors wear black protective clothing (reinforced jackets, masks, gloves, etc.). In the case of a saber due to its weight, there are additional protectors, often colourful. It is allowed to paint masks in virtually any pattern.
MCF is one of the fastest (if not the fastest) sport in the world in terms of the reaction time required of competitors, which sets high demands on them and the coaches. Fencing is a sport that requires athletes to be physically and mentally prepared at the highest level. MCF develops general mobility based on the latest training methods, including strength, speed and endurance preparation, natural movement flow exercises, stretching and building general movement awareness.
The training of a competent martial artist requires, in addition to rigorous training, to check his skills in conditions of maximum stress close to the real combat as much as possible. Only competitions provide this possibility. The more players of the highest level take part in them, the better, therefore the MCF competitions are divided into two leagues depending on the skill level and the competitions themselves are spread over several months of the competition season.
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