NOTE: Childrens fencing is split into multiple categories, based on the age of the fencers. Youth fencing is for anyone under the age of 14. Junior fencers are those between the ages of 14 and 19.
Modern fencing is a sport that includes history, drama, romance, and style. It is an active and physically demanding sport. Fencing was one of only 9 original sports featured in the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece in 1896, and fencing continues to be one of only four sports featured in every Olympic competition. There are three types of weapons used in Olympic fencing:
Foil is a light, thrusting weapon; the valid target is restricted to the torso which is covered by a metallic vest.
Épée is a heavy, thrusting weapon; the valid target area covers the entire body. The épée is based on the classic dueling sword.
Sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon; the valid target area includes almost everything above the waist (excluding the back of the head and the hands).
Many children find an interest in fencing from movies, books, and friends. Fencing can help build discipline, balance, and concentration as well as improve agility, speed, and hand/eye coordination. While it’s not a sport for everyone, the coaches at Halberstadt make every effort to make classes fun and help each student reach their goals. Fencing is a sport that can last a lifetime, and junior and youth classes at Halberstadt are a great way to get started!