Fencing At A Glance
Speed, endurance, agility, discipline and tactical thinking.
Is fencing different from dueling?
In a duel, people used to fight until “first blood” with a sword as sharp as a kitchen knife.
In Olympic fencing, you fence to 15 points. You use a flexible blade, with a button at the tip. All fencers wear protective gear, including jackets, gloves and masks.
What does fencing look like?
Fencing is more mobile and athletic than the “classical” fencing style everybody knows from TV and the movies.
Fencing has running moves, “flicks” where you bend the blade over someone’s shoulder, and sometimes lots of (happy) screaming.
Does fencing hurt?
Not if you do it right! Although fencing is a martial art it is very safe. We are strict about using full safety equipment. We also do stretching and warm-ups to prevent strains and twists.
Is fencing safe?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association places the low injury rate for fencing as comparable to tennis, golf and rowing, and far below soccer, basketball and football.
Fencing has been in every Olympics, starting with the first in 1896. Mr. Pierre de Coubertin, creator of the modern Olympics, was a fencer.