Fencing is often described as a cross between boxing and chess – but much faster!
While many come to fencing via movies like Pirates of the Caribbean or Star Wars, once hooked, they find it’s a surprisingly athletic and intelligent sport requiring fast strategy and skill.
The three weapons used in this Olympic sport are Epee, Foil, and Sabre, with different target areas and rules between each weapon. Fencers compete on 14-metre long pistes in bouts of up to 3 minutes long – but spectators may find the bouts are over much quicker than that!
Fencing is widespread across Australia, with clubs and schools’ leagues represented in every state. Australia has sent fencers to most Olympics, and Victorian fencers are ranked internationally in all age groups and genders.
The first Arnold Sports Festival Australia Open Fencing Championships was fast, fun and highly competitive – with fencers from all over the country duelling for a medal. Divisions included Open (all age groups). Team events in all three weapons and the Victorian Schools League in epee only.
We would love to talk to you about fencing rules, choosing your weapon, and how to get into fencing. For more information on a club or school near you, see the Fencing Victoria website.
Amazing fencing facts:
- Fencing is one of only four sports to be included in every modern Olympic Games since 1896.
- Fencing is the only combat sport with no weight classes.
- The tip of the fencing weapon is the second fastest moving object in sport (the first is the marksman’s bullet).
- Fencing is conducted on a 14x2m ‘strip’ or ‘piste’ to replicate combat in confined quarters, such as a castle hallway.
- The 750-gram weight test used to ensure a touch is scored with sufficient force (and sets off the light, indicating a score) is based on the amount of tension required to break the skin.
- Famous fencers include: Angelina Jolie, Bruce Dickinson (lead singer of Iron Maiden), Neil Diamond, Winston Churchill, Rene Descartes, Karl Marx.
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