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There are three types of fencing - epee, foils and sabre.

An Overview of Fencing

In all three, weapons are wired electronically to record when a hit is scored. In foils and epee, points can only be scored by the point of the weapon hitting. In the case of the foil, only a hit on the torso counts. In the epee, the whole body is the target. In sabre, points can also be scored by hitting the arms and head.


  • Improve balance, co-ordination and flexibility,
  • Great for all-round fitness, muscle toning, and building core strength.
  • Excellent for concentration and focus.


Most clubs charge a membership fee which normally includes the cost of tuition and hire of equipment. After a few weeks, new fencers may wish to purchase their own personal equipment.


Fencing is available to people of all ages and is a fast, dynamic and explosive sport. Clubs are organised within sports centres, youth clubs, schools, colleges and universities. Many offer evening classes for those looking for more flexible times.


The Basic equipment includes:

  • Front zip jacket, pants and underarm protector
  • Épée mask
  • Washable glove
  • Electric épée and body cord
  • Fencing equipment bag


  • At the first modern Olympic Games of 1896, the fencing programme consisted of men's foil and sabre events, with the epee making its debut at Paris 1900.
  • Women's fencing first featured in the same city in 1924.

National Governing Bodies

British Fencing Association

Contact Name
British Fencing Head Office
Contact Email
Contact Telephone
020 8742 3032

Edgbaston Watersports

Edgbaston Watersports is Birmingham's Premier venue for Watersports and Outdoor Adventure Education. Canoeing, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and many more!
Birthday parties, Stag & Hen Parties, Adult courses, SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Cocks Moor Woods Fencing Club

Fencing for beginners to advanced. Ages 8 to 80+. Fully qualified coaches. Beginners Courses every six weeks.
Foil and Epee.
Electronic scoring equipment.
British Fencing Achievement Scheme.

Birmingham Fencing Club

Fencing at B.F.C. is for beginners to advanced fencers two evenings a week and a junior club.


Sutton Coldfield Fencing Club

The club runs a junior fencing club for those aged 9-13 and an adult fencing club for those aged 14 and over. Throughout the year it runs 6 week beginner courses for those who have never fenced.

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Codrington Budokan

Codrington Budokan - daytime, evening & weekend classes :
Karate, Fencing, , Boxing, Wrestling, Weights Gym. Indoor short tennis, separate Self defence classes for men and women.
(starting shortly Tai chi, Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Yoga, Zumba, Fizzic