Duke Basketball Meets Duke Fencing

Is fencing for everyone? Well, I think that is for each individual to decide for themselves. But I know that everyone can learn how to fence, even basketball players, and everyone can gain something from learning the sport. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not...
Why We Start with Foil

Why We Start with Foil

Among the many questions that I get asked as a fencer and a now a fencing instructor, inevitably a student will ask, “Why do I have to start with foil?” The short answer is not “Because I said so,” but rather, “It’s the starting...

This May Give You Some Ideas…

The University of Notre Dame has long had a strong fencing program, most recently earning the title of NCAA Champions in 2011. ND Athletics, in general, has had a reputation that is almost legendary. Their Student Athlete Advisory Council came up with a clever idea to...

An Introduction to Right of Way

The concept of right of way is one that applies to foil and sabre. Wikipedia actually has a decent definition for this concept: Priority or “right of way” is the method used in foil and sabre fencing to determine which fencer receives the point if both...