Sport Fencing at Texas State

The Sport Fencing club at Texas State is a group that meets to fence and learn about the sport.

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Sport fencing is a rapidly growing sport on college campuses across the country. The National Intercollegiate Fencing Association (NIFA) reports that intercollegiate fencing participation has grown by nearly 50% over the past 5 years. The popularity of the sport can be attributed to its fast-paced, energetic nature, as well as its low cost and minimal equipment requirements.

Texas State University’s Sport Fencing club is open to all students, regardless of experience level. We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction in all 3 fencing disciplines: foil, epee, and saber. Our nationally ranked coaching staff is dedicated to helping our fencers reach their highest potential, whether that means becoming a competitive collegiate athlete or simply learning a new skill.

We welcome you to come try out the sport of fencing! Visit our website or contact us for more information.

What is Fencing?

Fencing is a sport that has been around for centuries and is still enjoyed by many today. It is a physically and mentally demanding sport that requires a great deal of skill and technique. Fencing is a great way to get exercise, meet new people, and compete in a safe and friendly environment.

Fencing History

The sport of fencing originated in Spain in the 14th century. It is thought to have been developed as a way for knights to train for war. modern fencing evolved in the 18th and 19th centuries, and became a popular sport in Europe and Russia. In the late 19th century, fencing was introduced to the United States.

The three weapon types used in Olympic fencing are foil, epee, and sabre. Foil is a light thrusting weapon with a small oval hand-guard; epee is a heavy thrusting weapon with a large hand-guard; sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon with a curved hand-guard.

Fencing is governed by an international body, the Federation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE). The FIE sets rules for all competitions, including the Olympic Games.

In order to fence in competitions sanctioned by the FIE, fencers must be members of their national federation. In the United States, this is the United States Fencing Association (USFA). The USFA acts as the national governing body for fencing, promoting the sport and coordinating activities across the country.

Fencing Equipment

Fencing is a sport that has been around for centuries and is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is a great way to stay active and have fun while competing. In order to fence, you will need some specific equipment. The following is a list of fencing equipment you will need in order to participate in the sport:

-Mask: A mesh or metal screen which covers the entire head and face, with an opening for the eyes. This is worn to protect the head and face from being hit by the opponent’s foil or epee.
-Jacket: A padded garment worn over the chest and shoulders which protects against being hit by the opponent’s weapon.
-Lame: A metallic vest worn under the jacket which covers the scoring area of the torso. This vest completes an electrical circuit when hit by an opponent’s weapon, resulting in a point being scored.
-Glove: A glove which covers the hand holding the weapon. This is worn to protect the hand from being hit by the opponent’s weapon.
-Weapon: There are three different types of fencing weapons: foil, epee, and sabre. Each type has its own set of rules governing how points can be scored.
– body cord: This cord connects the weapon to a reel of wire which runs along the floor to a box called a ‘body connection’. The body connection completes an electrical circuit when hit by an opponent’s weapon, resulting in a point being scored

Fencing Rules

The basic rules of fencing are simple: touch your opponent with your sword to score a point. But there is more to fencing than that! Read on to learn about the specific rules that govern this exciting sport.

In order to score a point, fencers must touch their opponent with the tip of their weapon. This can be done with either the point or the edge of the blade, depending on the weapon being used.

Fencers can only score a point if they have control of their weapon. This means that they must be holding it in the correct grip and position, and that they must be using proper technique. If a fencer drops their weapon or loses control of it, they cannot score a point, even if they manage to touch their opponent.

Fencers must also stay within the boundaries of the fencing strip. This is the area where the match is taking place, and it is marked by lines on either side. If a fencer steps off of the strip, they will be given a warning. If they leave the strip again, they will lose the point.

The last rule is that fencers must make sure that their clothing and equipment meet safety standards. This includes things like making sure that their blades are not sharpened and that their gloves cover all exposed skin. Fencing is a safe sport, but these rules are in place to make it even safer.

Fencing at Texas State

Sport fencing is a rapidly growing club sport at Texas State. Fencing is an exciting, intense, and strategic sport that is easy to learn and fun to play. Fencing offers a unique combination of individual and team play, mental and physical challenge, and an opportunity to travel and compete against some of the best athletes in the country.

Sport Fencing at Texas State

Texas State has a long and proud tradition of fencing, one of the oldest Olympic sports. The modern sport of fencing originated in Spain, and swiftly spread throughout Europe in the late medieval period. Fencing is often thought of as a Gentleman’s sport, due to its long association with nobility and the military.

Today, fencing is enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. It is an excellent way to stay fit and sharp, while also enjoying an exciting sport. Texas State’s fencing program offers classes and competitive opportunities for students at all levels of interest and experience.

Whether you are interested in joining the competitive team, or just want to take a class to learn the basics, we welcome you to come check out what Sport Fencing at Texas State has to offer!

Fencing Coach

Fencing has been a part of Texas State’s sports program for over thirty years. The team is coached by Dmitry Makarov, who has been with the team for fifteen years. The assistant coach is Olga Cromer. Cromer is a former Olympian who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Fencing Schedule

The fencing schedule is as follows:
-Practice: Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
-Tournaments: Varies, see calendar below


Overall, fencing is a great sport for people of all skill levels. You can choose to fence competitively or just for fun. If you are looking for a great way to get some exercise and meet new people, fencing is definitely the sport for you!

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