Frequently Asked Questions
Is fencing a safe sport?
Fencing is a very safe sport with one of the lowest injury rates of any martial arts. This is because the protective gear and weapons are designed to protect the athlete from harm.
What is the age limit to learn how to fence?
Fencing is a wonderful sport for all ages. Beginning fencers should be at least seven years old, but fencing isn't just a youth sport at Fortune Fencing there are adult classes for veteran fencers as well as adult recreational fencers.
What is proper clothing to wear to a class?
New students should wear a T-shirt, long pants like sweat pants or athletic warm-ups, and lace up athletic shoes. Please bring a water bottle. For health reasons fencers will be required to own their own fencing uniforms. The minimum necessary equipment is a fencing mask, fencing glove, jacket and under arm protector.
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To move forward on the front foot followed by an advance of the rear foot.
A movement or series of movements by which a fencer tries to score a point against his opponent.
A short jump toward the opponent, often combined with a lunge or fleche.
A sharp tap on the challenger's blade that begins an attack or threat of attack.
Combat between two fencers in competition. When score is not kept, friendly combat between two fencers is referred to as an assault.
Defensive movement by which the fencer goes around the opponent's blade and moves the opponent's blade away.
Offensive action made by a fencer who has parried a riposte.
A break of contact between fencers' blades made by passing the blade under the opponent's.
Contact of the weapon blades. Usually initiates an attack.
Position taken before fencing begins, or after a break in action.
A false attack intended to get a reaction from the opposing fencer which will create an opportunity for a real attack.
The acronym for the sport of fencing's international governing body (Federation Internationale d'Escrime).
A short explosive running attack towards the opponent.
A part of the weapon which protects the hand.
A specific position in which the fencer's sword arm is kept straight and the point of the weapon continually threatens the opponent's valid target.
A common fencing attack in which a competitor advances on the opponent by moving his/her front leg forward, while the back leg remains stationary and straightens out.
The aggregate of the bouts fought between the fencers of two different teams is called a match.
A defensive action in which a fencer blocks the opponent's blade. Can be made by moving the blade in a lateral or circular motion.
French term for the field of play on which bouts are contested. Also called the "strip," it is made of metallic mesh and measures 14 meters long by 1.5 meters wide.
Returning to the en garde position following a lunge.
Attacking again immediately after the opponent parries an initial attack.
Defender's offensive counterattack after parrying.
Recovery into the en garde position followed by an attack against the opponent.
A quick extension of the sword blade without foot movement.
United States Fencing Association, the official governing body for fencing activities in the United States, recognized by the FIE and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC).