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Sock Fighting

Uploaded by Nathan Weston on 2023-03-19
Tags:   soviet_foil |


Take a pair of knee-length socks. Roll up one of the socks and stuff it in the toe of the other to make a battle sock. Fight!

  •  Valid targets are the entire body except for the head (a sock tothe face isn't much fun, especially for people who wear glasses
  • In the case of a double or afterblow, the point goes to the fencer who started their swing first

Rules (added 2023-03-19 by Nathan Weston)

Variation: front vs back

[A] can only score by hitting the back of their opponent's torso
[B] can only score by hitting the front of their opponent's torso

This version encourages offline movement and close-range fighting. And spin moves. It's good for getting people to try out different things with their footwork, though many of the movements that emerge won't be directly useful in fencing.

Rules (added 2023-03-19 by Nathan Weston)

Variation: hopping

Same rules as the basic version, except you can only move by hopping. Both feet must leave the ground and land at roughly the same time.

This is pretty physically demanding, and develops the ability to move explosively and absorb force when landing. Not recommended for beginners.

Design (added 2023-03-19 by Nathan Weston)

I got the idea of fighting with socks from one of the other GD4H people, I don't remember who. These are the rules I use for it in my classes.

Note (added 2023-03-19 by Nathan Weston)

This base version of this is essentially Pursuit Shuffle played with socks.

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