Basics

Fencers in the middle of a bout

Before one starts fencing, it is important to know the basics. Fencers must have a basic understanding of the rules, footwork and bladework before learning the sport.

Rules

Fencing has a complex set of rules and regulations that determine who gets the point. The basic rules consist of target area and right of way...More about rules

Footwork

Footwork allows fencers to move up and down the strip. In addition to the en guard stance, there are three basic types of footwork: advance, retreat and lunge...More about footwork

Bladework

Bladework is any action that uses the foil. It is used to attack, stop an oncoming attack and confuse the opponent. Basic bladework includes extensions, parries and disengages...More about bladework

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