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. Points are scored when an opponent hits the torso with the point, and simultaneous hits are governed by ‘right of way’. This means that the fencer who initiates an attacking movement will score the point, unless the defender first deflects the opponent’s blade. For a hit to be valid it must be delivered with at least 500 grams of pressure, which is detected by a spring-loaded tip wired to an electronic scoring box.
Our Foil coaches have an impressive pedigree. Many have competed, as well as coached at International, Olympic and National levels throughout the world. Their impressive coaching credits include the US National Team, US National Junior Team, and the Russian National Team. To our coaches’ credit, many of their students have become Junior Olympic champions, North American Cup champions and US national champions, Junior World Cup champions as a result of their world-class instruction. See our Foil class schedule