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Fencing – Co-Ed Middle School

It is the mission of the Knights’ fencing program is to provide student-athletes with an equal opportunity to reach their maximum potential on the mat, in the classroom, and in the community, and to prepare its fencers to excel at any level.

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Christina Dominique-Pierre

Library Director

Avik Sarkar

Education Fellow
Date Opponent Home/Away Result
2/14/24 @ Belmont Day School
1/30/24 @ Shady Hill School
1/25/24 @ Belmont Day School Belmont Day School

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, the top squad in each of six weapons, and the top six finalists in each weapon in the individual round.

About Fencing

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, the saber is the most aggressive discipline, requiring quickness, explosiveness, and instant decision-making.

The foil is the same weight as the 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.