Fencing is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. There are a number of clubs across the country, almost all of which regularly run beginners’ courses and British Fencing’s GO/FENCE programme introduces the sport using plastic and foam equipment. The one-day GO/FENCE Leader Course teaches participants with no fencing experience how to lead a series of fun and inclusive sessions using plastic and foam kit – perfect for schools, youth clubs, leisure centres and so on.
There are three types of fencing - epee, foil 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.
Wheelchair Fencing was introduced by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at the 1953 Stoke International Games. It was part of the programme for the first Paralympic Games in Rome 1960.
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