Since 1998, Martin Mieloszyk has held a variety of business positions in New York. He started as a Porsche sales manager and more recently filled a position as a financial analyst for VR Mergers & Acquisitions. Before relocating to the United States, Martin Mieloszyk attended the University of Warsaw and was a member of the Polish National Epee and Sabre Teams.
The sport of fencing is characterized by an extremely rapid burst of attacks, blocks, and counterattacks between two contenders, each armed with a pointed weapon. Though the sport mimics armed conflict, the rules dictate that a winner is decided by an accrual of points within a time frame, which can be difficult to decipher given the rate of play. Widespread technological advancements have made it convenient to institute electric scoring as a means for deciding when a point is scored. While three varieties of weapon are used in fencing, the general principle is illustrated by the example of the foil.
The foil is a light weapon for thrusting at the torso, neck, and groin. Competitors wear a metallic vest called a lamé, which covers these parts of the body. Foils are built today with a button at the end that electrically registers a valid hit when the foil’s tip makes contact with the vest, or registers an off-target hit if it touches a non-metallic area on the opponent.