Fencing 101

Fencing is a complex, exciting and fast sport. There are three weapons in fencing:
Epee: The traditional dueling sword. Anywhere you hit your opponent is valid for a point.
Foil: The smallest, lightest of the three swords. The foil is distinguishable by it’s smaller bell guard that protects one’s hand. Valid target is the torso only.
Sabre: A military sword commonly used by cavalry between the 18th and 20th centuries. Any hit on the upper-body scores a valid touch. Unlike foil and epee, sabre does not have a compressible tip. To score, any part of the sabre must make contact with the opponent’s jacket.

Please take a moment to watch Fencing Basics to gain a quick understanding of the movements used to score touches.

Here is a link to all of the fencing terminology.

How to read a pool sheet:


Above is a pool sheet taken from the Canada Cup #1 -2013.

On the left it lists all the fencers and the club they are representing. In my case I am representing “Ssf” (Salle Seguin Fencing). To the right of the club is the scores for each match. In a pool, each fencer competes against everyone. A ‘V’ stands for ‘Victory’ and indicates 5 hits were scored. In the event of a victory by less than 5 points, the number of hits will be written beside the ‘V’ (‘V3’ if the bout was won on 3 hits). If the bout was lost, the number of hits scored is recorded. On this sheet, you can see that I was victorious in 4 matches and lost one match by a score of 5-4. The total victories are recorded next to the score, this pool sheet shows I won 4 out of 5 matches. To the right of the number of victories is the ‘indicators’. The indicators are calculated by taking the hits that are scored and subtracting the hits received. The final column shows how many hits each fencer has scored in all of their respective matches.

The pool sheets are then collected and the fencers are ranked based on their performance. An elimination table is drawn up based off of those rankings.

If you have any questions please email me and I will be happy to reply with an answer.


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