Our club competes in all three weapons; foil, epee, and saber. A club member often specializes in one of the three.
There are different sets of rules for the three weapons, reflecting the differences in technique that grew out of their historical background. In foil and epee, a touch can be made only with the point of the weapon. The entire body is a valid target for the epee, but in foil a touch can be scored only on the torso area. In saber fencing, a hit may be made with the point, the cutting edge, or the forward third of the back edge.