The sport of fencing is fast and athletic, a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see two fencers performing an intense dance on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip. The movement is so fast the touches are scored electrically - more like Star Wars than Errol Flynn.
Foil, épée and sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of fencing. While it is not unusual for fencers to compete in all three events, they generally choose to develop their skills in one weapon. Until recently, women were permitted to compete only in foil, but now the USFA & FIE offer national competitions for women in épée and sabre. Women's épée was added to the World Championships in 1989 and was held for the first time at the Olympic Games in 1996.
Foil and épée are point-thrusting weapons. Sabre is a point-thrusting as well as a cutting weapon. The target areas differ for the three weapons, though all three are scored electrically.
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Fencing - Intermediate/Advanced (Ages 13-Adult) $48.00
This class is for adults, ages 13 and older, who have at least three (3) semesters of fencing instruction or have been approved by the instructor to register for the class. All adult students who are competitive USFA fencers should register for this class. Students in this class are required to be outfitted in full United States Fencing Association (USFA) regulation standard uniform and all necessary foil and épée equipment. Students should consult with the instructor BEFORE purchasing equipment. Depending on the student’s experience, the class provides beginning, intermediate or advanced instruction in the basic principles of modern sport fencing. The class emphasizes instruction in the techniques of the foil and épée. Depending on student interest, some instruction in the techniques of the sabre may be available. This class is more strenuous than the Adult Introduction to Fencing Class. The Monday class consists of drills and competitive bouting. The first half of the Thursday class is a review of basic techniques and development of the skills of the referee by interaction with beginning adult fencers during the Adult Introduction to Fencing Class. The second half of the Thursday class and all Saturday classes are intermediate and advanced training through drills and competitive bouts. Friday classes are intermediate and advanced training on either a one to one basis with the instructor or a teaching assistant as available or a small group lesson. On occasion, Friday night serves as a tournament night for all class students. The instructor is a professional member of the United States Fencing Association.
Introduction to Fencing (Ages 13-Adult) $48.00
This class is for adults, ages 13 and over, who have less than 3 semesters of fencing instruction. The class provides beginning instruction in the basic principles of modern sport fencing. The class will introduce basic techniques of the foil and épée. Depending on student interest, some instruction in the techniques of the sabre may be available. All equipment for students in this class is provided. The instructor is a professional member of the United States Fencing Association.