Rules of Engagement

Safety rules

  1. Minimum protection consists of a fencing mask, gloves and a cup for men.
  2. All attacks have to be made in a controlled manner – we’re simulating a fight with plasma-blades, overly hard hitting is not necessary and results in higher risk of injury.
  3. Unarmed techniques aimed at knees, elbows and neck are prohibited!
  4. At the beginning and end of each engagement, the fighters salute each other.
  5. Each fighter is obliged to call his/her hits! Intentionally failing to do so may result in penalties!
  6. This is no life-and-death fight. Our goal is as fair and spectacular a fight as possible.


  • The whole body is a valid target, with the exception of the hands from fingertips to wrist and the groin. Hilt-hits also do not score.
  • A scoring hit is defined as a solid, controlled touch with the lightened blade. Unarmed hits do not score, but can lead to Stylepoints.
  • Hits on the head score as 3, those on the torso as 2, hits to the arms and legs as 1 point.
  • Target-zone “arm” is defined as from wrist to shoulder, target-zone “leg” from thigh to ankle.
  • Direct hits to hands and fingers are to be avoided!
  • Each fighter has to call his own hits.
  • The fight ends, when one fighter has an advantage of at least 4 points.
  • Double-hits score normally for each fighter (e.g. a hit to the head vs. one to the arm scores as 2 : 1).
  • After a hit, a fighter may finish one action he already started. This Afterblow scores nomally.


  • Stylepoints are counted seperately, but count towards lead points. If a fighter is 2 points in the lead and has accumulated 2 additional Stylepoints, he automatically wins the fight.
  • Stylepoints are awarded for especially spectacular, acrobatic or elegant actions that lead to a scoring hit (e.g. scoring out of a turn, spin or jump). Such a hit is awarded with 1 Stylepoint.
  • There can be no more than 2 Stylepoints per fighter awarded in each fight.


  • Practice fights do not need to be judged. Each fighter calls his own hits and score.
  • If a judge is present, he stops the fight after each scoring hit by calling “Stop!” and gives the score.
  • If the 4-Point advantage is reached, the judge ends the fight.


Example of fights with explanation: