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The following article has been reprinted from the ADFD Akademie Der Fechtkunst Deutschlands newsletter Fechtkunst  April 2009 issue pages 12-13                                   

As with the Australian Academy of Fencing AAF, the ADFD is a Member Academy of the AAI


2. Int. Meisterschaft im Szenischen Fechten     2nd Internatinal stage Fencing championships



  Ladies, Gentlemen,

The Akademie der Fechtkunst Deutschlands (German Academy of fencing - ADFD) and the Olympischer Sportclub Berllin (OSC) will organize the 2nd International Stage Fencing Championships on September 11 and 12 2009 in Berlin

The rehearsals are scheduled for Friday September 11, the competition will be held on Saturday September 12.

Saturday from 7.30 to 10.30 pm the best teams of each category will be seen on stage at a gala event.     Please refer to the following for further information.

The latest new concerning the event will be available at www.szenisches-fechten.de    We are looking forward to share with you the art of fencing and dualling from medieval times until today with sword, epee, rapier, sabre, foil, dagger and other fencing weapons.


The program is scheduled over two days wherein the competition will be held on Saturday. 12.09.2009.   The program is temporary and might be changed slightly.

Friday 11.09.2009:   ca. 9.30 hours:      Opening in the theatre hall for the participants with a short opening speech.    ca. 10.00 hours until ca. 21.00 hours:   Rehearsals in the theatre hall

Saturday 12.09.2009:   10.00 hours until ca. 18.30 hours:    Championships (competition) in the theatre hall    ca. 18.30/19.00 hours in the theatre hall:  Presentation ceremony    From ca. 21.00 hours:    Convivial evening with the participants and the voluntary helpers in the restaurant.




Rules and Procedures

This section provides some information about procedures and regulations (shortened and with no guarantee).  To download the complete and authoritative set of rules of the competiton in stage combat click the following link:  www.szenisches-fechten.de/docs/rules_09.pdf

Nature of Competition:    Each participating organisation or team has to present a short stage play to the jury.   Central to the stage play has to be at least one fight.   The fencing scenes presented in competition need to be appropriate to a pre-chosen epoch.

Categories:   The participants compete in the following categories:   Solo, Duel, Group.

Epochs:   The categories Duel and Group are still divided into the following epochs:  1. Antiquity/Middle Ages,  2. Renaissance to the 19th century and 3. 20th century - Contemporary, Freestyle (timeless, fantasy)

The epochs 1 and 2 call for presentations that take pattern from history.  The scenario, storyline, mode of fencing, weapons, costumes and props must be in line with the chosen epoch.  The category solo is not bound to a specific epoch.

Procedures:   1.  Block rehearsals:  Before competition, participants get the opportunity to rehearse on stage.   Technicians can be briefed about requirements for light and sound.   2.   Competition:   During the competition each organisation or team may present their play only once to the jury.   Afterwards the prizes will be awarded.

Duration of presentation:   A presentation in the category Solo should take at least 1.5 minutes and maximally 3 minutes.   in the category Duel a presentation should take at least 3 minutes and maximally 5 minutes.   In the category Group a presentation should takes at least 4 minutes and maximally 7 minutes.   The actual fighting should account for at least 50% and at most 80% of the presentation time. 


Organisations and teams which do not adhere to rules of duration will lose points for penalty (for further information see the rules).   To set up and to clear the stage a maximum of 1 to 2 minutes extra time is given.

Conditions for participation:   all national and international organizations (eg. clubs, associations, teams) will be accepted for competition, given that:

  • the organisation gets registered through an authorized and qualified fencing trainer. 
  • each member of a team holds health insurance.
  • each participant can only participate for one organisation.
  • each participant can take part in at most 3 presentations.
  • altogether each organisation may give 6 presentations at most.

Hint:  According to the rules the person responsible for registration of participants must be a   fencing instructor.   This qualification refers to fencing masters, coaches and prevots as well as teachers and instructors for stage, film or other artistic fencing performance.    This includes also licensed PE teachers and coaches for any sport.     Please note:  In Australia the AAI authorized organization is the Australian Academy of Fencing and its accredited Masters, Prevots, Coaches and Instructors.

Jury and evaluation:   The jury consists of 5 to 7 members who are experts either in fencing, on acting, directing, weapons or costumes.  another official is the timekeeper.   The maximum score for a presentation from each judge is 30 points, divided into the technical aspect (10 points max), the artistic aspect (10 points max.) and the overall impression (10 points max).   After the presentation of all participating teams the jury will decide on the winners and the placing of all the teams within each category and epoch.

Safety instructions:   the use of open fire, pyrotechnics or inflammable props on stage is strictly prohibited.   The host will not assume liabilities for any damage on participants' costumes, weapons or props.

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