Safety: The Plastron

Always wear an under plastron. This is a half jacket that covers your sword arm side and is worn under the fencing jacket.…

Safety: The Jacket

Except for the pull-over style (a back zip, or collar fastening), the jacket should fasten on the non-sword arm side, that is, zipped…

Safety: The Glove

The glove should have a gauntlet (cuff) that reaches approximately half way up the forearm. Wear it on the outside of the sleeve.…

Safety: Breeches

Fencing breeches should be worn, not only for the neat image they present of the fencer and the club, they are also regulation…

What are the Modern Fencing Weapons?

Overview There are three weapons in modern fencing, each with different rules and target areas: •  Foil is the foremost training weapon •  Epée is…

Weapons: Foil

The oldest of the three competitive weapons is the foil. The foil is a thrusting weapon, up to 500 grams (1.1 lbs). It…

Weapons: Sabre

The sabre can score by hitting with the edge as well as the point. Target area for sabre is the body above the…

Weapons: Epée

The Epée, like the foil, is a point-only weapon. Unlike foil and sabre, the entire body is target in Epée, and there are…

Weapons: The Target Areas

The respective target area for each weapon reflects its’ origins: for Foil, as a former training weapon – the trunk of the body…