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Foil

Like Epee, touches are only scored with the tip of the foil. Like Sabre, fencers must be attacking to score a valid touche. The target area is limited to the torso from the neck to the groin.

Epee

In epee, the entire body is the target area. Simultaneous hits are allowed, and only the tip of the weapon is used to score a touche.

Sabre

Sabre is the fastest of the three weapons. The target area is the torso, arms, and head, and fencers must be attacking to score.

Learn About the Weapons

Choose a weapon below to learn more about the different styles of fencing:

Image of Karen Laansoo
Karen Laansoo
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Primary Weapon:

Women's Epee

Province:

ON

Age Category:

40+

Image of Gaby Weisz
Gaby Weisz
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Primary Weapon:

Men's Foil

Province:

ON

Age Category:

70+

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Jeff Bosko
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Primary Weapon:

Men's Multiple Weapons

Province:

ON

Age Category:

50+

Our Vision

Our vision is to create an inclusive community that develops, promotes and maintains adult fencing at all levels ranging from beginner – competitive.

In many countries, including Canada, fencers are eligible for competition in veteran events at age 40. Some international competitions also extend competition to 40+, such as the Commonwealth Fencing Championships, which are hosted every two years.

For the FIE World Championships and other FIE sanctioned events, fencers are not eligible for competition until age 50.

These events are drop-in adult-only practices, and learn-to-fence sessions and are open to fencers aged 30+, or post-university fencers who would enjoy improving their fencing in a recreational setting. Post-practice eats and drinks are encouraged.

Canadian Fencing Academy in Oakville supports women’s-focussed fencing practices open to veteran and 30+ Club fencers to help develop fencing strategies for fencing other women in a concentrated, and social environment.

Tara D'Andrea vs Lorraine Hoyne
Tara D’Andrea vs Lorraine Hoyne (CFA)

World Fencing Championships

2019 – Cairo, Egypt

  • Annual competition of the world’s best
  • Age (decade) category from 50+
  • Team events
  • Separate competitions for men and women
Commonwealth Fencing Championships

2020 – Toronto, Canada

  • Bi-Annual competition
  • Age (decade) category from 40+
  • Team events
  • Separate competitions for men and women
  • Typically, every second competition runs concurrently with the Senior Commonwealth Fencing championships, in the same year as the Commonwealth Games
Canadian Nationals + Canada Cup
  • These competitions run three times per year
  • Age (decade) category from 40+
  • Separate competitions for men and women IF there are six or more fencers registered, otherwise, a mixed event is run
  • Points are awarded toward your national ranking

Events

Jan24

Canadian Competitions

Canada Cup 2 - 2020

Fri Jan 24, 2020 - Mon Jan 27, 2020
Complexe Branchaud-Brière, 499, boulevard Labrosse, Gatineau, QC, J8P 4R1, Canada

Jul23

International Competitions

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2020

Thu Jul 23, 2020 - Sun Jul 26, 2020
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Markham, Ontario

May8

Canadian Competitions

CFF National Championships 2020

Fri May 8, 2020 - Mon May 11, 2020
Complex Van Vliet (Butterdome), Edmonton, AB

Sep25

Canadian Competitions

Canada Cup 1 - 2020

Fri Sep 25, 2020 - Sun Sep 27, 2020
EY Centre, Ottawa, ON

May23

International Competitions

Can/Am Veterans Cup 2020

Sat May 23, 2020 - Sun May 24, 2020
Vango Fencing Centre, 980 Denison Street, Markham ON

Oct5

International Competitions

Veterans World Championships 2020

Mon Oct 5, 2020 - Sun Nov 8, 2020
Zagreb, Croatia