American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language
defines tradition as "the passing down of elements of a culture
from generation to generation, especially by communication."
The same goes for the sport of finger jousting which has many international
traditions. The three we are going to cover are our sport's originating
names, gestures of good disposition, and international names for
the scoring index finger.
the formation of the WFJF, the different games that finger jousting
is a combined and modernized form of were known by different names
besides finger jousting in some parts of the world. The two most
common of those were finger wrestling and finger fencing. Finger
wrestling was a poor name choice since our sport doesn't use grappling
or pinning, and it was already the name for a Bavarian drinking
game and sometimes used synonymously with the game of thumb wrestling.
Finger fencing was a better name choice than finger wrestling, but
finger jousting pays homage to its British roots and is steeped
the name of our sport, there isn't one thing decided upon for gestures
of good disposition. The most popular of these gestures of good
disposition are handshakes, bows, head nods, and man hugs. The handshake
is often used as the proceeding gesture of good disposition (after
the match) and has been used as an ancient gesture of showing good
will and no hidden weaponry for thousands of years. Bows may have
been borrowed from finger jousters in the Orient and are most often
used as the preceding gesture of good disposition (before the match);
most often it is done with the arms down at the sides of the legs
and performed to a 90° angle if possible. Head nods are often
used as preceding gestures of good disposition in leisure jousts
especially when there is an intense rivalry between the jousters.
Finally, man hugs are often used as proceeding gestures of good
disposition between two jousters who are on friendly terms or very
fatigued. Other officially accepted gestures of good disposition
have existed in the past. The best example would be "skin"
which was eliminated because of its unprofessional look, and it's
finger jousting gang violence roots.
scoring index finger has gone by many names in its history. In modern
finger jousting circles, it is known as the lance since lances are
the instruments of scoring in jousting on horseback. Before the
WFJF, those who referred to our sport as finger fencing called the
scoring index finger the foil or epee. This point making finger
has also been known as the sword (Europe), katana (Japan), spear
(Israel), and pokey finger (Kindergarten).
is important to the sport of finger jousting, because it is the
factor that keeps jousters together. Tradition is the force that
drives jousters to compete for titles and honor. Without tradition,
a finger jouster would never truly be well rounded which is why
it is one of the four quadrants of finger jousting.