Video – The Origin of Non-Combativity

This is one of the reasons why we can’t have nice things! The team epee match that may have been the impetus for “passivity” which evolved to the current non-combativity rules.

En Garde Movie Series Showcase FIE’s History

The FIE's video series showcases the organizations history.

Budapest, 9 August 2013 – The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has released the three part movie series “En Garde” as part of it’s 100 year anniversary. All parts run 26 minutes each and showcase the FIE’s and fencing’s rich heritage. They draw upon the sport’s constant presence at the Olympic Games since the first modern […]

Italian Fencing Legend Edoardo Mangiarotti Dies at 93

Edoardo Mangiarotti is one history's most decorated fencers.

Edoardo Mangiarotti (ITA), Member of Honour of the FIE, passed away during the night of May 24, 2012.  Mangiarotti won more Olympic medals and world championships than any fencer, beginning with the 1936 Berlin Games.  The NY Times reported that he died at age 93 in his home in Milan. The FIE published letter acknowledges […]

Video: Story of Keeth Smart

Keeth Smart Sabre Fencer

The FIE channel on YouTube just put up a documentary clip about Keeth Smart, his career, and success at the 2008 Olympics. Keeth Smart won the silver medal with the US team at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008. Being really dedicated to fencing, he never forgot that there is a life after sports. He […]

BlackBlades Film Premiers at Arnold Sports Festival

Peter Westbrook at the 1996 Olympics.  Courtesy BlackBlades.com

Donald Anthony announced today that SwordSport and Ozone Studios will be showing the short documentary film BlackBlades has been selected to premier at the Arnold Sports Film Festival on March 5, 2011, between Noon and 2:00 PM, at the Arena Grand Theater in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The first- ever Arnold Sports Film Festival is being […]

Iris Zimmermann – Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Iris Zimmerman 1995 Photo by Carl Borack

Iris Zimmermann holds the distinction of being the first U.S. fencer in history to win a world championship in any weapon or any age category.  She earned this distinction in 1995, winning the World Under-17 Championships at her first major international event.   Four years later Iris would become the first US fencer to medal in […]

History – Womens Foil in the 30s (with Video)

This video shows how fencing looked in the 1930s with the US and British women’s foilists introduced and then an example bout fenced. In this video the fencing is non-electric and women fenced in skirts.