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Fencing left-handed, good or bad?

Fencing left-handed, good or bad?

It should be noted that left handers usually enjoy a slight advantage, especially against inexperienced fencers. This may account for the fact that ‘lefties’ make up 15% of novice fencers, but half of FIE world champions. ...
How much does fencing cost?

How much does fencing cost?

At beginners level, using club equipment, surprisingly little! We run inexpensive beginners courses to get you started, providing all equipment. If you find fencing is for you and you can seriously see yourself carrying on, then think about buying some starter kit. Most people start with a mask (to fit your own head!) and a … How much does fencing cost? Read More » ...
What age IS Junior in fencing?

What age IS Junior in fencing?

In centuries past, children started, learning combat skills from the time they could walk, but in the context of a modern sport, there is such a thing as too young. The children’s class we run is a mixed age, mixed ability group. There is a recommendation from the FIE (fencing governing body) that age 8 … What age IS Junior in fencing? Read More » ...
Which sports and martial arts comprise fencing?

Which sports and martial arts comprise fencing?

The Olympic sport of fencing is comprised of four disciplines: foil, epée, and sabre plus the one-hit épée competition in modern pentathlon. All are fenced on a long rectangular strip (the piste), and electronic scoring aids are normally used to assist in the detection of hits. The rules governing these three weapons are determined by … Which sports and martial arts comprise fencing? Read More » ...
How is modern fencing different from the “real thing”?

How is modern fencing different from the “real thing”?

Different people mean different things by “real” fencing. For some, “real” fencing is a duel with sharp swords and lives on the line. Other than the fear/courage factor, the primary technical difference here is that with live blades you only need to hit your opponent once, and therefore only require one good move (which explains … How is modern fencing different from the “real thing”? Read More » ...