Wickford Fencing Club
The first sporting fencing weapon was the foil, which was introduced in mid-17th century France. Its rules, which restrict valid hits to the trunk of the body, were developed to allow the skills of swordplay to be demonstrated in safety. Épeé, the second fencing weapon, was introduced in France in the 1860s as a reaction against the artificial conventions of foil. It was intended to recreate the conditions of a duel as closely as possible and the target is any part of the body. The third fencing weapon, Sabre is derived from the cavalry sword. In the late 19th century an Italian fencing master developed a lightweight fencing Sabre that could be manipulated with the speed and accuracy of a foil and was fought under similar rules.
WHAT IS FENCING
The fight, consisting of two fencers, each trying to score a set number of hits in order to win, this would take place on a specially marked out strip called the piste, which is about 2m wide and 14m long and is overseen by a judge called a Referee, who awards the hits as they occur,
and applies the rules. There are three weapons, Foil, Épée and Sabre. Each of the three weapons has a different target area and Sabre unlike the other two can also score a hit by using the side/cutting edge of the blade.
The way to start is to come along to the Wickford Community Centre.
Session are on Tuesdays and your first session is FREE, see Club Fees for further details.
Youngsters Groups are suitable for ages 8 to 15 years from 7pm to 8:30pm
Adult Groups are from 8:30pm to 10pm
All you need is a T-shirt, jogging bottoms and trainers. You can borrow the rest of the kit you need like your sword, mask and jacket from the club. You should bring a cold still drink - water is ideal or alternatively there is a club bar where refreshments can be purchased.
Beginners can usually borrow enough equipment from the club to start fencing safely.
After a few weeks you may want to start buying your own equipment.
We can help you in choosing the right equipment for you as requirements for each weapon vary slightly, although the basic protective equipment required for training is the same for all weapons.
If you purchase equipment from websites like Leon Paul the leading supplier of fencing equipment, remember, fencing kit is right or left handed.