welcome to fencing
Fencing is a sport in which two competitors fight using blunt, electrically-scoring swords. Points are made by contacting the opponent's target. Although sword-fighting has a long and bloody history, fencing is a modern, safe sport, which has been contested in every modern Olympic Games.
There are three different styles: foil, epee and sabre. All use the same footwork, and have similar underlying principles, but each has a different weapon and rules. Most competitive fencers choose to specialise in one weapon only.
Adelaide Swords Club is a multi-weapon club. We teach our beginner children in foil and beginner adults in epee. Lessons and classes are available in all three weapons.
A thrusting weapon (scoring only with the point), the target area is the opponent's entire body.
If both fencers land a touch at the same time, they will both score a point.
Also a thrusting weapon, but the target area is only the torso.
If both fencers land a touch at the same time, the referee will apply the rules of "right of way" to determine who scores the point.
A cutting weapon (using the edge of the blade to score), the target is everything above the waist.
Like foil, the rules of "right of way" apply if both fencers land a touch simultaneously.