Two girls compete in a fencing contest in a tournament

Fencing is a sport in which two people duel with swords. It’s a great way to have fun and challenge your friends.

There are three types of swords: the foil, the épée, and the sabre. They’re slightly different and have different rules around their use but, when you start, you’ll get to try all three.


Watch your feet! Fencing is 70% footwork. If you can move forwards and backwards quickly it will be much easier to hit your opponent without your opponent hitting you.


  • Improved aerobic fitness
  • Increased balance and flexibility
  • Better coordination
  • Make new friends


To begin, you’ll just need comfortable clothing and gym shoes. The clubs have all the protective gear, masks and swords for you to borrow.

Seasons / typical registration period

Fencing is a year-round activity with no set registration date. Check your local club for times and dates.

Approximate participation costs

Casual visits are usually $10 or free the first time. Club membership is around $100–$200 for a junior, or less if done through a school.

Levels of competition

You can start as a beginner but as you get more into it you’ll have the opportunity to enter competitions and represent your school or club, state or Australia. Fencing is one of only five sports to feature at every modern Olympic Games.

Fencing Organisations

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