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Guide to fencing

Fencing guide

Fencing has been around since the ancient Greek and Roman times. It's a fantastic way to improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility.

There are three types of fencing - epee, foils and sabre.

In all three, weapons are wired electronically to record when a hit is scored.

In foils and epee, points can only be scored by the point of the weapon hitting. In the case of the foil, only a hit on the torso counts. In the epee, the whole body is the target. In sabre, points can also be scored by hitting the arms and head.

As well as the three different types of sword, fencers also need protective clothing, including a wire mesh face guard.

A metallic over jacket is also worn. This is placed over the scoring area and conducts electricity. Every time a valid hit is scored a lamp lights up on the scoring equipment.


The British Fencing Association is the governing body for the sport in the UK.

Their website includes a list of clubs all over the country.

British Fencing Association
1 Baron's Gate
33-35 Rothschild Road
W4 5HT
Tel: 020 8742 3032

see also
Russia's women ease to foil gold
16 Aug 08 |  Fencing

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