Why Fencing?

Once in a while when talking with someone who is unfamiliar with the sport of fencing, I’ll get the question, “Why fencing?” Not intending to be a wisecracker, my initial response usually would be, “Why not?” There are dozens of way to...

What is Fencing?

Do you have friends and family members who ask you about fencing? Since it’s a sport that you don’t normally find televised on a Monday night, I’m sure that you’ve gotten questions from time to time. If so, pull them in front of the screen, sit...

Why is footwork important?

A question came up from a new student trying fencing and footwork for the first time–why is form so important? No one is going to check and see if my knees are bent, are they? It’s a fair question, especially from a newbie. And, it deserves a good answer. The...

Our Field of Play: The Piste

In modern fencing, the piste or strip is the playing area. A regulation piste is 14 meters long and between 1.5 and 2 meters wide. This narrow pathway is where all of our fencing activity will take place, and why our movements are so linear in nature. Fencers must be...

Quick React Wall Ball Drill

To review the drill that we used in practice today, I’ve included a link to the tutorial video below. Though the drill is used in the video for football players, the skills that it is intended to develop (reaction time and quickness) are applicable to fencers as...