BB&N Varsity Fencing
With three Massachusetts State Championships in the last five years, the BB&N fencing program is one of the most decorated programs in Massachusetts. The team has had numerous individual state champions, including Christine Yao ’14 who won the individual women’s foil title an unprecedented four straight years. BB&N fencers have included a Junior Olympics gold medalist, a US Cadet and Junior World Team member and several who have represented the United States in international competitions. BB&N fencers have gone on to fence at Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, Penn, MIT and Boston College.
BB&N is the only ISL school with a fencing team, so the team competes against schools from across Massachusetts. The season consists of Dual meets between two schools, Multi-Meets which pit several schools against each other, and finally the Massachusetts State Championships, which includes all teams. In a Dual or Multi-Meet competition, each school puts forward three men and three women fencers in each weapon--foil, epee and saber. Each fencer in a trio competes in a bout to five touches against each of the three fencers from the other team. There are nine bouts for each weapon, 27 for each gender. A team needs to win at least 14 bouts for a victory. At the State Championships, the team with the most total bout victories in all six weapons wins the championship. Additional trophies are awarded to Men’s and Women’s 3-Weapon Teams, top squad in each of six weapons, and top six finalists in each weapon in the individual round.
For more information on the BB&N fencing program, please email head coach David Sach at email@example.com.
Fencing is one of the four original sports in the modern Olympics. There are three weapons--saber foil and epee.
Saber is the shortest weapon. Points are scored with any part of the blade, in thrusting or slashing movements that recall its ancestor, the cavalry sword. Targeting the upper body, saber is the most aggressive discipline, requiring quickness, explosiveness and instant decision-making.
Foil is the same weight as saber but about an inch longer. Most foilists use a pistol grip. The target area is solely the torso and points can only be scored with the tip of the blade. Foilists require dexterity and control.
Epee (the French word for sword) is the longest and heaviest weapon. Points are scored with the tip of the blade, targeting anywhere on the body. Epee is the most defensive discipline and requires patience and focus.
Foil and saber follow rules of right of way. If both fencers hit their targets at the same time the point goes to the fencer with right-of-way, as determined by the referee. In epee, if both fencers hit their target simultaneously, both receive a point.
David SachsHead Coach
David Sach started his fencing career in the UK where he won numerous cadet, junior and senior national titles including a run of 5 back to back Junior national championships. He also fenced at 8 World Championships between 1995 and 1998 Junior, Cadet and Senior. David also represented Wales at 3 Commonwealth Games winning 2 individual Silver medals and a team Gold. David moved into coaching at a relatively young age but since then has coached numerous national champions at all age groups, international world cup medallists at both Junior and Senior level, a Cadet World Champion and Olympians. Before moving to the USA, he served as a British Fencing World Class Performance Pathway sabre coach - a position in which he coached and monitored members of the British Olympic Sabre Team. David is also an FIE rated referee, earning appointments at the 2005, 2007 Senior World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games.