Fencing Quiz: Saint or Sinner?

by Victoria Pritchard: Pick the answers that apply to you and add up the points in the brackets next to them to find…

The evolution of sporting weapons

By Robin Catling:  Although the use of heavy metal armour during the Middle Ages made swordsmanship virtually obsolete, the development of firearms in…

Fencing age groups

Youth fencing is usually divided up by age bands. The age of a fencer is normally taken as at Jan 1st in the…

The rules of fencing

The rules of modern sports fencing are divided into four basic categories: the rules of the fencing strip (the piste); the rules of…

Nine Parries

By Robin Catling. To parry: to defend yourself from a weapon or an attack by blocking or pushing the weapon away. In sports…

The length of a rapier

By Robin Catling. A favourite topic amongst beginners and enthusiasts alike: how long is a rapier? How long should it be? Is there…

What is fencing?

Modern fencing is a martial art derived from older forms of duelling with swords. The objective is to hit your opponent without being…