Foil—a light thrusting weapon that targets the torso, including the back and shoulders,
but not the arms. Touches are scored only with the tip; hits with the side of the
blade do not count, and do not halt the action. Touches that land outside of the
target area (off-target) stop the action, and not scored. Only a single hit can be
scored by either fencer at one time. If both fencers hit at the same time, the referee
uses the rules of right of way to determine which fencer gets the point.
Sabre—a light cutting and thrusting weapon that targets the entire body above the
waist, except for the hands. Hits with the edges of the blade as well as the tip
are valid. As in foil, touches which land outside of the target area are not scored.
However, unlike foil, these off-target touches do not stop the action, and the fencing
continues. In the case of both fencers landing a scoring touch, the referee determines
which fencer receives the point for the action.
Épée—a heavier thrusting weapon that targets the entire body. All hits must be with
the tip and not the sides of the blade. Touches hit by the side of the blade do not
halt the action. Unlike foil and sabre, Épée does not use right of way, and allows
simultaneous hits by both fencers. However, if the score is tied at the last point
and a double touch is scored, nobody is awarded the point.
Fencing, which is also known as modern fencing to distinguish it from historical
fencing, is a family of combat sports using bladed weapons.
Fencing is one of four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern
Olympic Games. The sport of fencing is divided into three weapons: