Fencing Encyclopedia

  • Body Cord(s)

    A body cord is a cord that connects the fencers weapon to the reel, or scoring system.  The type depends on the weapon and style of plug. Currently there are three styles as outlined in the picture below. Epee is the most basic, and used only in Epee. It has three lines and matching plugs…

  • Epee

  • FIE or F.I.E.

    Fédération Internationale d’Escrime, or in English the International Fencing Federation.  It is the governing body covering international fencing and fencing tournaments.  They cover all free weapons, and establish the rules of international fencing. It is also a standard established by this organization of safety for fencing equipment.  Typically it is more expensive and more and…

  • Foil

  • Piste

    See Strip

  • Sabre

  • Strip

    The Strip, Fencing Strip, playing area or Piste all refer to where a fencing bout occurs.  The strip is 14 meters long and 1.5 meters wide. Falling to the side results in a 1-metre retreat. Falling off at the end results in a point for your opponent.   Five lines are drawn very clearly on the…