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Which is the ‘best weapon’?

Which is the ‘best weapon’?

Such a question is an open invitation to religious warfare. Everybody loves to participate, but nothing is ever settled. If the question means “what kind of fencing is the most fun?” then the answer is: it depends what aspects of fencing you enjoy the most. All fencing involves skilled timing, tactics and technique. Most épée … Which is the ‘best weapon’? Read More » ...
Is fencing going to be eliminated from the Olympics?

Is fencing going to be eliminated from the Olympics?

Olympic fencing appears to be safe for the present and has even been expanded to include Women’s Epée. Since the IOC perpetually changes its roster of Olympic sports, nothing is certain beyond Beijing. Although fencing is one of only four sports to have been involved in every modern Olympic Games since their inception in 1896, … Is fencing going to be eliminated from the Olympics? Read More » ...
Rules: How Bouts are Fenced

Rules: How Bouts are Fenced

The field of play is a long strip, or piste. A scored encounter between fencers is called a bout. Bouts are fenced to either 5 or 15 touches: the first fencer to score the required number of touches wins. The bout is presided over by the referee (also called the director), who enforces rules, gives … Rules: How Bouts are Fenced Read More » ...
What are the Modern Fencing Weapons?

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 descended from the a duelling weapon •  Sabre is a former cavalry weapon Foil: Descended from the 18th century smallsword, the foil has a thin, flexible blade with a square cross-section and a … What are the Modern Fencing Weapons? Read More » ...