The epee (pronounced “EPP-pay”) is descended from the dueling rapier of the sixteenth and seventeenth century. It is similar in length to the foil, but is heavier, weighing approximately 27 ounces, with a larger guard and a much stiffer blade. The valid target area in epee is the entire body. Points are scored when an opponent hits anywhere on the body with the point of the weapon.
The foil was developed from the small-sword of the eighteenth century. It is a light weapon weighing less than one pound with a flexible rectangular blade, approximately 35 inches in length. The valid target area in foil is the torso. This area measures from the shoulders to the groin, includes the front and back but not the arms, neck, head and legs.
The sabre is descended from the eighteenth & nineteenth century cavalry sword. The valid target area in sabre is from the bend of the hips (both front and back), to the top of the head, simulating the cavalry rider on a horse. The sabre is unique, since it’s a cutting weapon as well as a thrusting weapon.
Daniel Grigore is a two time Olympian (Barcelona, 1992 & Atlanta, 1996), a finalist in the 1993 World Championship in Essen, Germany, placed third in individual events at several World Cups (Sofia 1993 , Athens 1994, Padova 1996), and won a bronze medal with the Romanian team at the World Championships in Athens, Greece 1994. […]
Coached by his father, Armenian National Coach, Edouard Demirchian, Gago started fencing in childhood. With the benefit of having his father as a coach, and a natural talent, Gago started winning many athletic titles at quite a young age. Gago became three times Armenian National Épée Champion, scored fourth in the USSR National Championship, and […]
Edouard Demirchian was highly interested in sports from a very young age. He got involved in basketball, boxing, soccer, volleyball and fencing, and because of his given athletic talent he achieved quite remarkable results in all these sports. In fencing he was Armenian National Champion (Armenia was a USSR republic at the time), finalist of […]
LAIFC Memorial Day Open LAIFC will be hosting an Open on May 25th. This open will be a USFA sanctioned tournament for Foil and Epee. Participants should be 13 years (born 2001) and older. Just like any other USFA event, all USFA rules will be enforced. You can go ahead and sign up on the […]
For over a decade, LAIFC has one of the most successful fencing clubs in the United States. In addition to offering world-class coaching, we offer an impressive Summer Camp programs. LAIFC Summer Camps our an ideal way for fencers to enjoy the summer and prepare for Summer Nationals and the forthcoming fencing season. Our camps […]
Congratulations to Kasia Nixon for placing 3rd in Cadets at the World Championships in Bulgaria. Justin Yoo brought home two medals placing 2nd in Cadets and 3rd in Juniors. On behalf of everyone at LAIFC we are so proud!