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| submitted by BeardedFencer |
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Lately I've seen and heard that quite a number of fencers are known for their gamesmanship on the piste. I don't think that's necessarily bad because everyone wants to win, but where do you think the line is? For me, anything dishonest is over the line, like bell-punching or hitting the floor, getting the touch and not owning up to your miss (when there is no video). Things like playing mind games a la Milanoli is fine with me, though. Granted, it makes me want to kill the person doing it to me, but that's my fault for falling for it.
Conversely, I don't hear all that much about people being very sportsmanlike. In the commentary of the European Championships in Sheffield I heard a story about Boczko once turning down a point and losing a semifinal because of it, and of course I see handshakes and occasionally a touch that's declined because of hitting the ground, one's own leg etc., but these things don't seem to 'spread' nearly as much as stories of gamesmanship.
Where do you stand on this? Do you consider yourself more sportsmanlike or more gamesmanlike? I like to think of myself as being a bit of both. I'll always concede to hitting the floor or the box, but at the same time I'm fine with fencing a bit erratically to frustrate my opponents and shouting to celebrate a touch.