Épée – Freestyle Fencing
The French word for “sword,” épée (pronounced “EPP-pay”) is the descendant of the dueling sword. The modern épée is heavier than a foil, weighing approximately 27 ounces, and features a stiffer, thicker blade and a larger guard. As in foil, touches are scored only with the point of the blade. What makes épée so different from foil however, is that in épée the entire body, head-to-toe, is a valid target — just like in an actual duel.
Similar to the foil, the point of the épée is fixed with a blunt, spring-loaded button. However, the épée tip requires greater than 750 grams of pressure to register a touch with the scoring machine. Basically this means that épée fencers have to hit harder. Because the entire body is a valid target area, épée fencers do not have to wear a metallic lamé. The first Olympics to feature team and individual Women’s Épée events were the 1996 games in Atlanta.
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Unlike foil, épée does not employ a system of “right-of-way.” Fencers score a point by hitting their opponent first. If the fencers hit each other within 1/25th of a second, both receive a point – this is commonly referred to as a double touch. The lack of right-of-way combined with a full-body target naturally makes épée a game of careful strategy and patience – wild, rash attacks are quickly punished with solid counter-attacks. So, rather than attacking outright, épéeists often spend several minutes probing their opponent’s defenses and maneuvering for distance before risking an attack. Others choose to stay on the defensive throughout the entire bout.
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