Death From Behind (DFB)

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Points of safety

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  • This is the Way: This is the only way you are allowed to kill someone from behind. Do not vary from the rules.
  • Safe or Not at All: If you can’t perform a DFB safely, don’t do it.
  • It’s Your Fault: You are responsible for the outcome of a DFB.

General Points

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  • The Way: Approach your opponent from behind at a walking pace, don’t run. Your sword should be vertical in the air, quillions are parallel to your opponent’s back. Place 2/3 of the flat of your blade over your opponent’s shoulder so they can see the tip of your sword. Call, “My Lord/Lady, you’re dead from behind.”
  • Perform One at a Time: All DFBs must be performed one at a time, even if you have multiple offensive weapons.
  • Range and Honor: If you turn around and see that someone is in the process of DFB or close enough range to have reached you, take it as a death.
  • 180 vs DFB: Know your angle of attack as you approach. Choose wisely between a DFB and attacking within the 180.

Training Ideas

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  • Stationary Target: Practice performing DFBs on a stationary target. Have your instructor watch for proper technique and provide feedback.
  • Moving Target: Practice performing DFBs on a target that is moving in various directions and at different speeds.
  • Blood in the Water: Set up a line fight with one or two dedicated fencers to perform DFBs. When they perform a DFB on someone in the line, that person now goes and performs a DFB on someone else.

Assessment

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