Practice fencing foils
#1 Practice fencing foils for Olympic-style Competition
Our practice fencing foils, hand-picked for your young fencer by Tim Morehouse, are made from the highest-quality materials that should last the rigorous practice bouts with the proper maintenance. This lightweight weapon can support your journey and help take your competition to the next level.
Your fencer will appreciate the aerodynamic blade as they get more experienced with detailed swordsmanship. The practice foil fencing sword perfectly contours to your hand, leveraging your force in the hold. Here is what you and your fencer need to know about practicing fencing foils, choosing one, and using it well.
What is the history of the fencing foil?
The foil fencing sword has been used in this sport’s training since 1700s France, and the modern version of our fencing foil grew from the short-court blade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Competitive fencing has grown into a sport that demands speed, flexibility, and the mental capacity to understand and anticipate your opponent. With an incredibly light and flexible weapon with a quadrangular blade, you’ll find foil fencing the perfect match for any starter to an advanced competitor.
How do you use practice fencing foils?
Whether starting or continuing your fencing journey, a solidly-constructed foil weapon is essential to sharpening your craftwork. Fencing foils are used as two competitors face off against each other on a piste or a narrow strip. The sport is intense as both aim to score more touches on the opponent's body with the tip of their foil.
When you start using your fencing foil, here are some guidelines for getting the proper technique. Your coaching staff will help you understand how these different motions work.
- Grip your foil. Start in the proper position by holding the foil correctly. The handle should rest comfortably in your hand. The index finger should be on the guard or bell guard, with your other fingers wrapping around the grip.
- Have the proper stance. Stand shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other. Your knee should be slightly bent. You should gain better balance and maneuver better during your bout.
- Find the on-guard position. Simply raise your weapon-holding arm, fully extending it forward. Your foil should be pointed at your opponent's target area while you hold your other arm behind you for balance.
- Practice your footwork techniques. Fencing footwork is essential to understanding your mobility and positioning yourself during the sport. Your coach can help you master the basic movements and progress to more advanced techniques.
- Practice your drills. As you learn and practice to attack and parry, you will learn so much about offensive and defensive actions. Along with this, you will understand proper blade movements as well.
Parts of the practice fencing foil
The practice fencing foil has three main parts: the blade, guard, and handle. The guard is also known as the bell and protects the hand when you are competing. The practice fencing foil weapons have a tapered rectangular edge that must bend when an opponent hits. The other two parts are the pommel and the point. The blade is connected to the guard, and then the pommel fastens to the grip, holding the handle together, balancing the weight of the sword, and helping the fencer maintain control. The point is the blade tip that makes contact with the opponent’s body while competing.
Electric vs. Dry Foil Fencing
When it comes to fencing, you can either play in electric or dry scoring. Electric scoring has a conductivity component that keeps the score for you. Dry scoring consists of a judge tallying the score. On the tip of your foil, you will find a cap with a small button that detects touches made by the opponent on the lame or the conductive torso cover.
Last Thoughts on Practice Foil Fencing
Foil fencers can relish their practice and success on the piste with good practice fencing foils and other equipment. We provide the highest quality equipment that we would want our competitors to use. Shop the practice fencing foil selection today to find the right equipment.