What is Fencing?
Fencing is a combat sport which has three different blade types: foil, saber, and epee. The event that is played in the school district is foil; its main distinction from the other events being that only the tip of the blade can score a point and the target area is limited to the torso. Limbs, neck and head are considered off-target. I guarantee if you haven't played a combat sport, you haven't experienced a sport like fencing; it is very distinct from all the other sports available in the SFUSD. This difference may be what leads you to either loving or hating it, but I very much encourage you to try. I shared the same skepticism you might have had when thinking about fencing, and today I can confidently say it is the sport I genuinely enjoy competing in.
The season will have us preparing and practicing for about a month before competing at different schools. Matches are divided into genders, in which both schools will send 3-9 boys and girls to compete. Each gender division play best of 9 bouts (matches). A bout in high-school level fencing is usually first to 5 touches, with the exception of all-city. After having faced all schools both on and off campus, 3 boys and 3 girls from the school are chosen to compete in all-city. In all-city, you will play 5 pool bouts to determine your placement in the tournament. During the tournaments, you then play bouts which are first to 15 touch bouts. The top contenders in all-city then qualify for all-state. Thanks for reading this! If you want to try fencing, I'll see you in the dance room for the spring season!
-Cameron Jo (Boys Team Captain)
Practice is held in Lincoln's dance room. Please feel free to stop by and join us!