What is Fencing?
The sport of fencing is fast and athletic, a far cry from the
choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of
swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see
two fencers performing an intense dance on a six foot by forty foot
competition surface. The movement is so fast that the "touches" are
scored electrically, more like Star Wars than Errol Flynn.
Foil, epee and sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of
fencing. While it is not unusual for fencers to compete in all three
events, they generally choose to develop their skills with one
weapon before moving on to another. Until recently, women were
permitted to compete using the foil weapons, but now the USFA & FIE
offer national competitions for women in epee and saber. Women epee
was added to the World Championships in 1989 and was held for the
first time at the Olympic Games in 1996.
Foil and epee are point thrusting weapons. Sabre is a point
thrusting as well as a cutting weapon. The target areas differ for
the three weapons, though all three are scored electronically.
For additional information about the Fencing Program, contact Deputy Jeff Domingo at (626) 934-3079 or stop
by and say “HELLO” at the City of Industry Sheriff's Station
Community Service Center located at 205 North Hudson Ave. (across
the street from the Industry Sheriff’s Station.)