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  1. A Brief Introduction to Fencing

  2. What is fencing ?

  3. Fencing is… • A sport based on the ancient activity of “dueling” • You must defend yourself against attacks and try to attack your opponent to get a “touch” • The fencer scoring the most touches wins

  4. Fencing is Physical Chess • It is a sport of strategy (the mind) • you must try to out-smart your opponent through many different moves • this creates your opportunity for an attack • It’s a sport of fast action (the body)

  5. Is it Safe?

  6. Safety • Fencing is very safe as long as the appropriate procedures and rules are followed • Fencing gives rise to very few injuries compared to other popular sports such as Football or Basketball • The protective equipment is the key to making sure you can fence and not get hurt

  7. Protective Equipment • The Mask

  8. Protective Equipment • The Jacket

  9. Protective Equipment • Under-Arm Protector

  10. Protective Equipment • Knickers

  11. Protective Equipment • Glove

  12. Protective Equipment • Shoes

  13. So that’s all I need?

  14. No! You need a weapon

  15. Weapons • There are three different weapons • Foil • Epee • Saber

  16. Foil • Valid target is only the torso • Fencer must establish priority for a valid touch • A touch is scored by hitting with the point

  17. Epee • Valid target is the whole body • There is no priority • A touch is scored by hitting with the point

  18. Saber • Valid target is anywhere above the waist • Fencer must establish priority for a valid touch • Touch can be made with any part of the blade

  19. Dry Fencing

  20. Electric fencing • Target areas are electrically conducting • The weapons are wired FOIL LAME SABER LAME

  21. The Scoring Box • The weapons are connected to the scoring box via self winding cable reels • The score box illuminates to indicate touch (red or green light) or off-target (white light)

  22. So why should I fence?

  23. Reasons for Fencing.. • Presents a mental and physical challenge • Make many friends • Promotes discipline and etiquette • Promotes mutual respect amongst peers • Cardio-vascular activity • May be a fencing scholarship to College

  24. It’s a Fun Sport!!

  25. It’s a Fun Sport!!

  26. It’s a sport that is gaining recognition…. • USA wins first Fencing Gold Medal in 100 years • Gold winner was Mariel Zagunis • She was the first American Woman to get a Gold Fencing medal ever

  27. It’ a sport that is gaining popularity…

  28. Come join us for some fun and action!