TRIAL OF CONTROL
Any combat-sport not based on submitting or scoring knockouts or damage necessarily requires mature participants that know how to be fast without being brutal. The Trial of Control tests a fencer’s ability to attack key targets without hitting any off-targets. This necessarily requires attacking with care and awareness, both of the opponent of the fencer themself.
Passing criteria: 80% accuracy in 50 contacts
TRIAL OF SYMMETRY
In Lightspeed-saber fencing, we value balancing offense and defense. Afterall, the root of both words is the same as the term “fencing” itself. Therefore, an imbalanced fencer is an incomplete fencer. In the Trial of Symmetry, students are challenged to score a minimum number of “assaults” (attacks to deep target), “returns” (defensive counterattacks), “cleans” (killing and not being killed), and 3-pointers (some combination of the previous three).
Passing criteria: 10x assaults, 10x returns, 10x cleans, & 10x 3-pointers