Sabre Fencing

Sabre is one of the three weapons of modern fencing. The sabre differs from the other modern fencing weapons, the Epée and Foil, in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade. For this reason, sabreur movements and attacks are very fast. For the other two weapons, valid touches are only scored using the point of the blade.

Target Area:

The sabre differs from the other modern fencing weapons, the Epée and Foil, in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade; for this reason, sabreur movements and attacks are very fast. For the other two weapons, valid touches are only scored using the point of the blade. The target are in sabre fencing includes the entire head (mask) and sleeves of the lame. The style is much different than Foil or Epee.

Scoring & Priority:

When both lights turn on on the scoring device, it rests upon the referee to decide which sabre fencer scores the point. The decision is based on the concept of Right of Way which gives the point to the fencer who had priority (the attacking fencer). As with Foil, the other right of way fencing weapon, priority is gained in many ways, which can be broken down into active, passive, and defensive categories.  Right of way rules were initially established to encourage fencers to use parries and other techniques in order to hit without being hit, as they would logically desire to do if they were using sharp swords. Subsequently, the rules of right of way have been altered simply to keep the strategy and technique of sabre interesting and (relatively) easy to understand.

Sabre Fencing Classes:

Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

* Private lessons available and scheduled through individual coaches.

We Offer Open Fencing for BFC Members:

Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm