Olympic Epee Fencers
What's with the whites?
Back in the olden days, before electrics (see that cord hanging off the back of their jackets), the end of each blade was red, and the judge could see the red tip/edge against the white jacket clearly. The entire match had to be judged/refereed with the human eye, and the red tips (on foils and epees) and red edges (on sabers) were much more visible against white. Epee fencers still fence in nearly all white, since the entire body is target area.
However, these days, modern foil and saber fencers wear silver lames (pronounced lamays) over the target area for each blade. (remember, dull blades, not sharp)
Foil lame (the silver jacket over the white jacket)
The modern electrics are set up so that in foil and saber fencing the lights/buzzer only go off if the silver part is hit.
Foil target area is the torso.
Saber target area is everything from the waist up. That means that a saber fencer wears a special glove, and a special helmet during competitions.
All of these extras are worn over the regular whites, not in place of them. The regular whites are better for sweating in (really) than the electric competition lames, mainly because those lames are lame to clean, nearly impossible actually.
Other fencing W terms:
Whip-over: in sabre, a touch that results from the foible of the blade whipping over the opponent's guard or blade when parried. (I wish I could find a video of this)
Terms from ARMA (The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts)
Ward - one of five to seven fighting postures, ready stances, or guards
Waster - a wooden stick used as a practice sword, also called a “bavin” (later a “cudgel” or “wiffle”)
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