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

An Overview of Fencing

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.


  • Improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility,
  • Great for all-round fitness, muscle toning, and building core strength.
  • Excellent for concentration and focus.


Most clubs charge a membership fee which normally includes the cost of tuition and hire of equipment. After a few weeks, new fencers may wish to purchase their own personal equipment.


Fencing is available to people of all ages and is a fast, dynamic and explosive sport. Clubs are organised within sports centres, youth clubs, schools, colleges and universities. Many offer evening classes for those looking for more flexible times.


The Basic equipment includes:

  • Front zip jacket, pants and underarm protector
  • Épée mask
  • Washable glove
  • Electric épée and body cord
  • Fencing equipment bag


  • At the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, the fencing programme consisted of men's foil and sabre events, with the epee making its debut at Paris 1900.
  • Women's fencing first featured in the same city in 1924.

Find Fencing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British Fencing Association

Contact Name
British Fencing Head Office
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
020 8742 3032

Active U Sword Sisters Goldthorpe

Sword Sisters is is a program for girls and ladies to learn the sport and get active. It is a program of fitness, fencing and fun. We use Fencing to help build confidence, tone and get fit.

Harrohgate Fencing Club

We are a community based fencing club offering coaching in Foil and Epee for beginners, both junior an adult, through to elite and international fencers. We also run a very successful wheelchair fencing section.

Active U Hoyland Harriers/Kirkbalk

Fencing club for all ages and abilities. Learn to fence for fun of competitively.

Stocksbridge Inclusive Fencing Academy

3 Weapon Fencing club for ages 5 years and onwards. Disability and inclusive sessions. All Welcome

Gabby Williams

Development Director

08452 698 314

James Lockyer

Yorkshire Regional Hub Lead Officer


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