The Challenge Edit

Originally, Axel and intended to do this challenge using a different format, however, a couple of days before leaving for Dijon I was given some proto-type dussacken to field test ( thanks to Purpleheart Armouries). I liked them enough to suggest using them in the Challenge to Axel and after playing with them for a bit he consented.

The Rules Edit

In the spirit of the fechtschule, for the purpose of scoring we only counted solid strikes to the head and a single point being given for a clean takedown in which a clear and dominant superior positioning was displayed as a result of said takedown. In the case of double hits both fencers were alotted a point. We also chose to treat the dussacken as though they were sharp weapons and so after any good solid hit we agreed to retreat out of distance and begin a new exchange so as not to encourage poor fencing habits.

Though we had a master of ceremonies (thanks Fab) and a scorekeeper (thanks Jeff Tsay) we did not use a referee preferring instead to acknowledge each others hits on our own. This was a gentlemanly bout after all.

It was our intended goal to provide an exciting and dramatic display for those witnesses in attendance and so we chose not fence to a prescribed number of hits but rather for a specific amount of time, 3:00 minutes, and tally up the results afterwards. Our philosophy was that this would allow us to focus on providing a better display of fencing skills, tactics, and strategies as opposed to focusing on how many hits were left which often leads to gaurded and less visually appealing bouts. I can't speak for Axel but I personally found this format rather exciting as it allowed both of us to analyse and adjust to the others tactics throughout the alotted time and in my opinion served to present a more rounded, varied, and entertaining match for the spectators. Ideally, this was the case.

The Result Edit

Scott Brown won 8-5