Our official international Technical Rules - Article T83-2-a : "The simple attack, direct or indirect, is correctly executed when the straightening of the arm, the point threatening the valid target, precedes the initiation of the lunge or the flèche". - Article T83-2-d : "Actions, simple or compound, steps or feints which are executed with a bent arm, are not considered as attacks but as preparations, laying themselves open to the initiation of the offensive or defensive/offensive action of the opponent". - Article T89-5-a : "Only the fencer who attacks is counted as hit If he initiates his attack when his opponent has his point in line without deflecting the opponent’s weapon". - Article T46 : "By accepting a position as referee or judge, the person so designated pledges his honour to respect the Rules and to cause them to be respected" Sergei Golubisky, Ukrainian fencer who won three straight world championships in Men's Foil, etc. I'm very sad […]. I start to check out on the world's referee and I’m not happy about it at all because practically attack in preparation rapidly vanished. So there is a new way I would, call it new wave of a performing an attack. So basically it becomes marching and dancing on the spot. […] Many fences did actually in different countries but this is quite sad because they just stayed standing on the spot and pretend to advanced […] So fencing in the way has changed so since opponent doesn't finish his attack you can not take the blade, so you cannot parry it. So in the end if you try to make correct attacking preparation they won't give to you anyway. So in the end you have to do only some weird squirmy counter-attacks and then but people complaining all: “look at these these guys just squirmy and ugly fencing” … Few examples: Referee have said that right fencer has attacked (video 3h41min39s) Referee have said that right fencer has attacked (video 1h29min33s) Referee have said that left fencer has attacked (video 1h12m23s) Referee have said that right fencer has attacked (video 16m23s) Referee have said that left fencer has attacked (video 2H9m6s) Referee have said that left fencer has attacked (video 1H45m16s) Those referee should learn : Attack on preparation ! (and... rules.... and fencing...) Be serious, be rigourous, read and quote the rules.