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About Target Fencing Center

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Target Fencing Center was founded on Feb. 2019 in Santa Clarita, by Sarkis Assadourian a Professional Foil & Epee Fencing Coach. The Center provides high quality fencing classes and private lessons with advanced techniques. Target Fencing Center is perfect for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Beginner students will improve their agility , reflexes, and speed while intermediate and advanced fencers will hone their techniques and became high-level fencers participating in US and world tournaments. The classes transcend beyond just sports help build self-confidence and discipline for the students.

Why Target Fencing Center

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 At Target Fencing Center we believe that building a strong base in Fencing is the road to becoming a stronger Fencer. That is why we concentrate heavily on the basic actions of fencing from the start so that experienced fencers can break their negative habits and new students can start with strong ones. Our goal is to help our students grow and became high-level fencers. 

About fencing

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Fencing is a group of three related combat sports The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the epee, and the sabre; winning points are made through the contact with an opponent. Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century, with the Italian school having modified the historical European martial art of classical fencing, and the French school later refining the Italian system. There are three forms of modern fencing, each of which uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules; thus the sport itself is divided into three competitive scenes: foil, epee, and sabre. Most competitive fencers choose to specialize in one weapon only. Competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in every modern Olympic Games.

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Foil   

Is one of the three weapons used in the sport of Fencing, all of which are metal. It is flexible, rectangular in cross section, and weighs under a pound. As with the epee, points are only scored by contact with the tip, which, in electrically scored tournaments, is capped with a spring-loaded button to signal a touch. A foil fencer's uniform features the lame, electrically wired jacket to record hits, a jacket made of strong cloth covering the groin area, chest and arms, a glove, knickers, long socks to prevent damage to shins by foils, shoes generally light and rounded, an under-arm protector, made by strong cloth half top with no seam across the armpit, worn under the jacket, a mask with metal mesh with cloth bib, a chest protector made by strong stiff plastic plate for women and young children and the foil.  


Sabre   

Is one of the three disciplines of modern fencing. The sabre weapon is for thrusting and cutting with both the cutting edge and the back of the blade. Unlike other modern fencing weapons, the epee and foil, where the methods of making a hit are scored using the point of the Sabre

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Epee  

Epee While modern sport fencing has three weapons, foil, epee, and sabre, each a separate event - epee is the only one in which the entire body is the valid target area (the others restricted to varying areas above the waist). Epee is the heaviest of the three modern fencing weapons. As with all fencing disciplines, fencing matches with the epee require a large amount of concentration, accuracy and speed. Since the entire body is a target, a successful epee fencer must be able to anticipate their opponent's moves and strike their opponent at the correct time. In most higher-level competitions, a grounded metal strip is used to prevent floor hits from registering as touches. Unlike sabre and foil, in epee there are no right-of-way rules regarding attacks, other than the aforementioned rule regarding touches with only the point of the weapon. Touches are awarded solely on the basis of which fencer makes a touch first, according to the electronic scoring machines. Also, double-touches are allowed in epee, although the touches must occur within 40 milliseconds (1/25 of a second) of each other.