Tournament Rules

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


3.3 - Judges

The Judges are present to aid the director and will make calls on all hits, calling “Point,” at which point, the Director will call a halt and ask the Judges, “Ready...Point.”

The Judges will then display the location of the strike with the semaphore which corresponds to the fighter’s color.

Anyone who is fencing may be called upon to judge. However, as all fights will only be using two judges, not every fencer will need to judge. If a fencer is asked to judge and feels unable to fairly judge due to lack of experience, a relationship with a fencer, or undue bias, the judge may recuse himself. A fencer should not ask to recuse himself simply due to a lack of desire

As the Director will be an experienced judge and will have the best view of the action, the Director will be given wide discretion in their decisions. The Director may agree with only one Judge, seek input from the fighters, or call the bout “Unclear, no points.”

Overruling both judges is discouraged except for extreme circumstances. If points are awarded, the Director will indicate to the Table the correct score to be added.

The two judges will each be assigned a color, red or gold. Those colors are used to maximize contrast with the majority of fencer jackets. The judge will be wearing an armband of their color with three (3) color strips. The judge will switch out the patches with each combatant and/or deck combatant.