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What is it?

  • The art of fighting with swords is long established and this had been developed into the modern sport of fencing, which uses blunt edged swords.  

  • There are different types of fencing depending on the weight and type of the weapon used;  the main options are foil, epee or sabre.  

  • Personal safety while fighting is crucial and people wear special masks and body protection.  

Find out more


British Fencing Association  www.britishfencing.com/


The Sword

Getting started

  • Find a local fencing group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local sports centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of fencing.

  • Check in your local library/paper or sports centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Fencing can be done by people of both sexes and a wide range of age groups, but fighters are usually matched by sex, skill and physical abilities.  

  • Much fencing practice can be carried out on one's own, but fighting is normally done as a member of a group or club.  

  • Many people do the sport for exercise and social contacts, though there are also competitions of at different levels. 

Equipment or clothing
  • Special protective clothing and footwear are needed as well as the weapons themselves.  

  • For the beginner, most of these can usually be provided by the club or group

A place or facilities
  • The basic requirement is for a gallery of a certain length, width and height in which to fight.  

  • There are facilities for fencing in many sports centres and some schools.

  • Some clubs have their own facilities or use local halls.

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