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Fencing is an international and Olympic sport that provides high levels of physical and mental stimuli, with a great sense of satisfaction from the development of dexterity and the use of tactics to outwit the opponent.

Since it is predominantly a skill-based sport with little premium on mere strength, it provides equal access and opportunity for both men and women. Australia is one of 105 nations affiliated with the international governing body the Federation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE) and competes regularly at international competitions including annual junior, senior and veterans world championships. Fencing is currently one of 28 sports competing at the Olympic Games, and is one of only four sports to have been included in every Games since their inception.

In Australia, Fencing is widely practised in clubs, universities and increasingly in schools with strong participation bases in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia and developing participation bases in Western Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. With support from the FIE, Australia is the base for the Oceania Fencing Masters Academy (OFMA) - the international coaching development centre for the Asia and Oceania region.

Fencing has been around since the ancient Greek and Roman times. It's a fantastic way to improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility.

There are three types of fencing - epee, foils and sabre.

In all three, weapons are wired electronically to record when a hit is scored.

In foils and epee, points can only be scored by the point of the weapon hitting. In the case of the foil, only a hit on the torso counts. In the epee, the whole body is the target. In sabre, points can also be scored by hitting the arms and head.

EQUIPMENT
 

As well as the three different types of sword, fencers also need protective clothing, including a wire mesh face guard.

There are three types of fencing - epee, foils and sabre. In all three, weapons are wired electronically to record when a hit is scored.

FOIL

 

In addition to protective clothing, a metallic over jacket is also worn. This is placed over the scoring area and conducts electricity. Every time a valid hit is scored a lamp lights up on the scoring equipment.The foil blade is usually made from low-carbon steel and designed to bend when striking an opponent to prevent injuries and the blade breaking.

The foil is used as a thrusting weapon only and so any contact with the side of the blade (or a slap) does not count as a score.

This weapon uses the 'right of way' rules. This means that the first fencer to hit does not always receive the points, but rather the fencer who hits with priority.

Moves, such as making a parry, follow to initiate a counter attack or riposte. The priority continues to exchange between the fencers until a hit is scored.

EPEE

With the epee, points can only be scored by the point of the weapon hitting. The epee is the heaviest of all weapons and has a stiffer blade than the others.

The blade is also V-shaped in cross-section and has a larger bell guard.

The technique varies with the other two, with there being no rules regarding priority and right-of-way.

Regarding the scoring, the entire body area is a valid target area.

SABRE

The main difference with the sabre is that you can score with the edge of the blade.

As a result, movements with the sabre and the ensuing attacks are very fast.

As with the foil, sabre uses the convention of right-of-way to determine who acquires the touch.

The target area is from the waist up, but excludes the hands.