A FENCING GLOSSARY (Taken from the Tampa's Fencing Academy introductory booklet)

Advance: Step forward.

Attack: Movements or a series of movements by which a fencer tries to score a point against his opponent.

Beat: Sharp tap on the opponent's blade to initiate attack or threat of attack.

Blade: Part of the weapon that extends from the guard.

Counter-Parry: A defensive movement by which the fencer goes around the opponent's blade and moves the opponent's blade away.

Disengage: Break of contact between fencers' blades; movements made by passing the blade under the opponent's blade.

En Garde: Position taken before a bout begins.

Fleche: a running attack.

Guard: Part of the weapon between the blade and the handle; protects the hand.

Lunge: Most common attack in which the fencer closes the distance by moving the front leg forward while the back leg remains stationary and straightens out.

Parry: Defensive action in which a fencer blocks her or his opponent's blade.

Piste: French term for the fencing strip.

Recover: Return to the en garde position after lunging.

Remise: Attacking again immediately after the opponent's parry of an initial attack.

Riposte: Defender's counter-attack after parrying an attack.

Strip: Fencing area, 14 meters long by two meters wide.


The three weapons used in modern Olympic sport fencing are: FOIL, EPEE, & SABRE. Here are few facts about each one.

FOIL: Score with point only. Target area is the torso. Length is approximately 35 inches. Weight is less than 1 pound.

EPEE: Score with piont only. Target area is entire body. Length is approximately 35 inches. Weight is 27 ounces.

SABRE: Score with point and blade. Target area is upper body. Length is approximately 35 inches. Weight is less than 1 pound.

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