Double touch

Double touch is one aspect of epee fencing that I would not mind doing without. Back in the days when the score was kept in “touches against” a fencer, assigning a touch against both fencers on simultaneous touches made perfect sense. With the switch to keeping score in “points for” a fencer, that sense seems lost. While it can be argued that the change was purely semantical, under old system double touch was interpreted as “you are both dead, so each of you has a touch against him”. Under the current system it’s “you killed your opponent, so you get a point and, oh, he killed you too, so he gets a point” – again, it’s the same action, but semantic interpretation is different.

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Published in: on February 26, 2006 at 3:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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