Fencing Styles

Like "kung fu" and "karate," "fencing" describes an entire spectrum of martial arts. In GURPS, it refers to any of the many sword styles built around the fencing skills (p. B208): Rapier, Saber, and Smallsword - and sometimes MainGauche. Some historical masters were willing to mix and match weapons, unarmed techniques, and tactics to suit their personal taste. Others dedicated themselves to a single weapon.

Below is a sampling of some major schools of fencing. In each case, there were many minor variations. In a campaign set in an appropriate era, the GM may require a separate Style Familiarity for each master's teachings!

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