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Characteristics of Fencing Dummies

By Felix Dowsley

Dummies allow for fencers to practice moves and strikes without a sparring partner. Though dummies range in complexity and materials, they generally replicate the human form to simulate facing an opponent.

Different Types of Dummies

Dummies are constructed of durable materials like wood, leather or metal so that they can stand up to repeated strikes. To be realistic, dummies are built to roughly the same dimensions and shape as a human torso. Some include a mask and practice arm, to which a blade can be affixed. Height adjustable dummies allow the fencer to practice against shorter or taller opponents. More complex dummies use the energy from the fencer's strike to rotate and move, simulating a responsive opponent.

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