Whenever the Olympics Games are held, many people focus their attention on athletics and swimming. However, my favourite sport to watch is fencing. I have always been impressed by the sheer agility and lightning fast reflexes of fencers. Often, the winning hit will be struck with such high speed that you can miss it if you blink.

What is Fencing?

Fencing is a swordplay-focused combat sport. Two competitors strike at each other with their weapons, scoring points by hitting their opponent. There are actually three distinct types of swords that are used. These are sabre, epee and foil. Each one requires a different set of skills and tactics. It is very rare for an expert fencer to be proficient in all three of them.

Fencing requires the competitor to be both physically and mentally quick. They need to anticipate the moves of their opponent and counter them. Their strikes need to be accurate and their movements as agile as possible.

People can begin fencing at any stage in their lives. It does not matter if they are an adult or a youth. The central ethos of this activity is to encourage confidence and fitness, as well as to simply have fun. There is a social element to the sport, as the people who take part are usually amicable.

Differences Between the Swords

  • Sabre

This one is not just for thrusting but also hitting. The blade itself has a triangular structure. When fencing with this sword, the player will only score points if they hit their opponent from the waist up. This can include the head and arms.

  • Epee And Foil

These swords, on the other hand, are exclusively for thrusting. The epee can be used to hit the entire body, whereas the foil is restricted to only the torso area.