I don't know if this particular issue has already been addressed. I haven't
been keeping up with all the discussions in the newsgroup lately. But here
is my question on right of way:
Fencer A and B are within lunge distance of each other. Fencer A steps
forward, B steps back, thus intiating atack and processing right of way.
However, fencer A makes a large sweeping movement, with his step, to find
B's blade. Now B has two choices: he could derobe and hit A, but if A
hits him, it will be ruled as A's attack - B's counter; or B could parry
A, then attack. But there is a problem with the second choice. If the
judge hears a beat, let's say the beat occurs along the middle part of
both fencers' blades, then he sees both fencers attack and hit valid, who's
right of way is it. A's because he started looking for B's blade first,
or B's because A initates attack and didn't avoid B's parry.
I got into the silly habit lately of derobing and doing the counter
attack, which needless to say his cost me dearly in recent competitions.
However, if I parry and then attack. It will probably look simulaneous
and ruled as such. The reason why I wouldn't necesarily parry with the
strong part of my blade, in this case, is that the other fencer could do a
flick in which case I perfer to parry early as opposed to being chased
down the strip waiting for the other fencer to finally attack.
Is my thinking at all correct, or am I really confusing myself,