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


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.


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.

Learn About the Weapons

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

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Rémi Hyppia
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Primary Weapon:

Men's Foil



Age Category:


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Karen Laansoo
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Primary Weapon:

Women's Epee



Age Category:


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Bill Mason
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Primary Weapon:

Men's Sabre



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



Canadian Competitions

CFF National Championships 2020

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


Canadian Competitions

Canada Cup 1 - 2020

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


International Competitions

Can/Am Veterans Cup 2020

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


International Competitions

Veterans World Championships 2020

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


International Competitions

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2020

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


Canadian Competitions

Canada Cup 2 - 2021

Fri Jan 22, 2021 - Sun Jan 24, 2021
Richmond Olympic Oval Richmond, BC