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. For a hit to be valid it must be delivered with at least 750 grams of pressure, which is detected by a spring-loaded tip wired to an electronic scoring box. Unlike Foil, there is no ‘right of way’ rule in epee so simultaneous hits are counted with one point being awarded to each fencer.
Our Epee 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 Epee class schedule