WHAT IS FENCING?

A brief description of our noble and beloved sport

Fencing is an olympic discipline introduced for the first time at the 1896 Games in Athens, and has remained on the Olympic program since then.Today, men and women compete in individual and team events, in which three types of weapon are used: foil, epee and sabre.

Among the figures who have marked this sport, Italy's Nedo Nadi is the only fencer to have won a medal in every weapon in a single edition of the Games. In fact he won five gold medals in Antwerp in 1920, a historic and unequalled record.

In fencing athletes use three different weapons. Foil, the lightest of the three and the first one to be used in Olypmpic fencing. Epee, the heaviest and more tactical one. Sabre, the fastest and more physically demanding one. All of them have their own set of rules who determine who has the right to hit, how to hit the opponent and how to defend from an attack.


At Luso we practice foil and epee. To better understand the differences between the two disciplines have a look at the videos you find down below.