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New Innovative Technology Comes to Epee to Validate Questionable Foot Touches

New Innovative Technology Comes to Epee to Validate Questionable Foot TouchesOne of the most problematic areas of detecting a valid touch in epee is a foot touch. Even at the highest level of competition with grounded pistes there is always a concern whether the touch was valid or not, especially near the strip’s boundary. Many epee competitors and  coaches have experienced situations when a valid foot touch was not counted, or when a floor touch was mistakenly awarded.

Academy of Fencing Masters have spent the last 5 years to develop a real fool proof solution to this problem! Our innovative design of epee tip allows a valid recognition of 100% foot touches.

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Why Your Child Should Move Out of the Club, and Into Competitions

why your child should move out of the club and into competitionSome fencers choose to compete because they feel pulled to better themselves and their skill. They love the thrill of the fencing competition. They enjoy the excitement of traveling and being a part of their fencing club team. They feel supported by their parents and encouraged to move to the next level.

Others may feel that competition is an obligation, or an unattainable experience. Their parents may even look at their child’s fencing lessons as being recreational, and have no intention of pushing them to compete as that seems to be far too elite, time consuming, expensive, or many other reasons.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

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5 touch bout vs. 15 touch bout – What’s the Difference?

5 touch bout versus 15 touch boutAt a recent big national tournament, a parent and I watched as a much higher ranked epee fencer lost 5:2 in the pools to a much weaker opponent. It happened so fast! I mentioned to the parent that in a 15-point match, the stronger opponent would likely have won. She of course immediately asked “why is that?”

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Ode to Fencing

Love of sport - love fencing valentine day

It’s Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, we’ve got a short poem that extols our love of fencing. We hope you enjoy.


How do I love fencing? Let me count the ways.

I love fencing to the height of the podium and the breadth of the strip.

My passion reaches higher, my skill takes flight in every competition trip.

I love fencing to the level of each day’s hard work,

Packing and unpacking the fencing bag in which my smelly glove does lurk.

I love fencing freely, without demanding that it return anything more than I give.

I love fencing purely, for the joy that it brings me in the thrill of swords clinking.

I love fencing with a passion that I put to use in lessons and in classes.

I love fencing when I forfeit a touch or lose the bout.

This goal of winning is not the only thing this is about.

Smiles, tears, aching muscles, tired legs

I shall still love fencing when for a rest my body begs.


*this poem was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s classic poem Sonnet 43

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Why Fencing is Different than Other Sports

what makes fencing different from other sportsThere are lots of choices for kids and teens when it comes to choosing a sport, and finding the right fit can be challenging. Soccer, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, on and on – there are so many possibilities! Fencing is different than other sports, including travel leagues and competitive sports teams. It’s even fundamentally different than other individual sports.

First, let’s talk about the things that all of these sports have in common. What’s universal is that participation in sports integrates a healthy lifestyle that lasts well beyond childhood. Not just physically, but socially as well. Working with teammates, taking constructive criticism, making and keeping commitments, on and on. Getting involved in a sport is undoubtedly a good thing for kids and teens.

What makes fencing different?


Fencing offers some incredible benefits for young athletes, but here are several ways that it’s different than other sports.

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