The following rules represent the standard ruleset for Tournaments being held by Royal Arts fencing academy. This includes: Ascalon, Blue Box, Looking Sharpe, and Hemmageddon
If a fighter falls through their own fault or through intentional action, the maximum points possible for the exchange will be assessed against the falling fighter.
A fighter is considered “fallen” if any part of his body other than his feet, or more than one hand or knee (or one hand and one knee), touches the ground in an uncontrolled manner.
If a fighter is tripped, or otherwise thrown, the throwing fighter will be given a yellow card and no points will be assessed.
If it is unclear who is at fault, both fencers will receive a verbal warning on the first instance and yellow cards for each subsequent instance.
If a fighter continuously falls to such a degree that they are unable to safely fence and defend themself, they may be removed from the tournament at the director’s discretion.
Striking a fallen opponent will result in a yellow card.
These rules are geared toward safety and not for the sake of penalizing fencers. When determining the source of the fall, the director should consider potential injuries in previous passes that may presenting limited movement before assessing a falling penalty.