Foil was traditionally always taught first, although these days this is not always the case. The weapon originated as a training weapon for duelling. Hits are scored on the torso of the body using the point of the weapon, thus replicating a duel to the death. As in a duel it was considered poor practise for two fencers to attack each other at the same time, therefore a convention was made. That is to say that the fencer who attacks first will have priority over an attack that is started afterwards. Should two fencers attack simultaneously then no hit is awarded. Hits off the target area stop a bout but have no affect on the score. A bout is usually fast with much movement up and down the piste. As with each weapon a good sense of distance and timing is required, as well as accuracy.