The Épée is the modern derivative of the dueling sword, the small sword (itself descended from the rapier), used in sport fencing. Épée is French for “sword”. Like the foil, the Épée evolved from light civilian weapons such as the smallsword, which since the late 17th century had been the most commonly used dueling sword, replacing the rapier.
Although Épée shares some similarities with foil fencing, there are more differences than similarities. Épée technique is quite different, as there are no rules regarding priority and right of way. The entire body is a valid target area. Épée is the heaviest of the three modern fencing weapons. Fencing matches with the Épée require a large amount of concentration, calculation and deliberate attack. The Épée fencer is looking for the right opening and timing, to score a point.
Scoring & Priority:
Since the entire body is a target, a successful Épée fencer must be able to anticipate their opponent’s moves and strike their opponent at the correct time. In most higher-level competitions a grounded metal piste is used to prevent floor hits from registering as touches. Unlike sabre and foil, in Épée there are no right-of-way rules regarding attacks, other than the rule regarding touches with only the point of the weapon. Touches are awarded solely on the basis of which fencer makes a touch first, according to electronic scoring machines. Of note, double-touches are allowed in Épée, although the touches must occur within 40 milliseconds (1/25 of a second) of each other.
Épée Fencing Classes are held:
Monday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
* Private lessons available and scheduled through individual coaches.
We Offer Open Fencing for BFC Members:
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm