Duel rules Vasaslaget 2019

General regulations

  • The duel competition is meant to be performed in good spirit.
  • Fencers must be associated with a club. Fencers from Swedish clubs must have a valid licence to compete in a martial arts competition (Tävlingskort).
  • It is not necessary to register participation in the competition before the first bout.
  • Fencers can challenge each other to a bout. They should agree what weapons to use. It is recommended that both fencers use the same kind of weapons, but not strictly necessary. Fencers should not fence the same opponent with the same weapon type multiple times in a row.
  • Before each match the fencers must register at the secretariat and an impartial referee must be decided upon by the fencers.
  • The secretariat should check that the fencers have a valid ”Tävlingskort” if training in a Swedish club. This is not important after the first match of each fencer.
  • The referee should check that the fencers have all the required protection and that the weapons are suitable. If the equipment has recently been checked it is only necessary to verify that the required equipment is still worn.
  • A hit is considered valid if at least two out of three (the two fencers and the referee) think it was a hit of high enough quality.
  • A match ends when a fencer has been hit by a valid strike. The fencer that was hit also has one attack opportunity to make an afterblow. No more than one foot step is allowed when making an afterblow.
  • If one fencer is not hit that fencer has won the bout. If both fencers are hit there is no winner of the bout.
  • Three overall winners will be decided at the end of the duel competition:
    • The fencer with most won matches.
    • The fencer with most fought matches.
    • The fencer with best win/lose ratio with at least as many bouts as the median number of bouts.
  • The referee should separate the fencers if a dangerous situation arises.
  • The matches will be fought in a designated area, but not on mats. No wrestling at the body (including lifting or tripping) is allowed. It is allowed to control the other fencer’s hands and arms with one’s own hands and arms.


There will be a coordinator on sight to check your equipment. If some part of a fighter’s equipment is not deemed safe by the coordinator we will try, as good as we can, to help to replace that piece of equipment.

  • No bare skin is allowed.
  • Fencing mask (at least CEN level 1, i.e. 350 N) with protection for the back of the head and neck. The fencing mask must not have any large dents or damages.
  • Separate throat protection.
  • Padded fencing jacket tested for at least 350 N penetration protection. The penetration protection is not required for the back of the jacket and regions covered by gloves. It is allowed to wear an unclassified jacket if wearing a long-sleeved 350 N (or more) plastron underneath. The jacket must not rise above the trousers so that the jacket does not protect the torso.
  • Trousers tested for at least 350 N penetration protection and with a high waist.
  • Hard elbow and knee protection that also protects side of joint.
  • Gloves that are suitable for the weapon type, see the other rules for Longsword, Messer, Rapier and Sword & buckler glove requirements. E.g., small sword would not require as protective gloves.
  • Metal gauntlets are not allowed.
  • Cup for men. It is recommended the women wear groin protection too. The cup or groin protection must be worn under the trousers.
  • Hard protection for shins is recommended, but not required.
  • Padding for hip bone (usually covered by the padded jacket) is recommended but not required.


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