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What is Foil Fencing?

A foil is one of the three weapons used in fencing, all of which are metal. It is flexible, rectangular and weighs under a pound. As with the épée points are only scored by contact with the tip, which is capped with a spring-loaded button to detect points in electrically scored tournaments. A foil fencer's uniform features the lamé, a vest, electrically wired to record hits in such cases. It is the most commonly used weapon in competition.

In this free video series, expert fencer Amy Boyle teaches you the rules of foil fencing, including how to score, legal touches, and appropriate target area. You will learn how to use the piste, the long strip or mat that fencers use as a playing field, and the rules for sidelines, fouls, and penalties. Amy covers the "right of way" rules that give foil fencing its particular flavor, and she even includes common scenarios and demonstrations to make right of way clear. These videos have what it takes for you to start foil fencing!

What Is Dry Fencing?

Dry fencing is to fence without modern electrical scoring; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing Etiquette

Foil fencing, like any sport, has etiquette and decorum expectations often left unwritten.

Legal Touches in Foil Fencing

Foil fencing has legal touch rules encompassing when and how points can be scored; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing & the Bout

The bout is used to describe a match of foil fencers; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

How to Score in Foil Fencing

Scoring in foil fencing is the only way to win, so it must be done right; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing Fouls

There are fouls in foil fencing like in many other sports; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic stragey in this free video fencing lesson.

Counter Attacks in Foil Fencing

Counter attacks are an important part of foil fencing, but right of way must be observed; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video.

Rules of Foil Fencing

Modern foil fencing is scored by electrical charges that run through the blade and garments of the fencers.

Foil Fencing Rules of the Sidelines

Foil fencing has an area with sidelines that fencers must stay within; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing Rules of the Piste

The piste in foil fencing is the long strip that amounts to the playing field or area; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing Penalties

Penalties exist in foil fencing like in many other sports; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Foil Fencing Rules of the Back Line

There are rules in foil fencing on approaching the back line of a piste; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this free video fencing lesson.

Right of Way in Foil Fencing

Foil fencing has "right of way" rules which govern how hits are scored; learn the rules of foil fencing and basic strategy in this fee video fencing lesson.