Modern fencing is based on the ancient art of sword-fighting. There are three variants of fencing, each with different weapons and target areas

Épée: a heavy thrusting weapon that was originally used for duelling.
Foil: a lighter thrusting weapon that is descended from the training weapon for the small-sword.
Sabre: a light cutting and thrusting weapon that was used by cavalry soldiers.


  1. Fencing incorporates tactical combat and athleticism, making it a great way to exercise both the mind and body. It helps develop both physical and mental agility, co-ordination, balance, timing and speed.
  2. The sport is accessible to people from all walks of life - young and old, male and female alike - enabling you to make new friends and get a good work-out at the same time.
  3. Fencing is an indoor sport which is ideally suited to our fantastic Northern Irish climate!
  4. As a fun and safe combat sport, fencing can be a great outlet for the constructive release of pent-up tension.
  5. There are many opportunities to pursue the sport both recreationally and competitively.