Against The Fence

Video posted December 9, 2013 in News by Jaide Lewis


Against the fence

Kaley Chicoine is a sophomore at Penn State University and the treasurer for the Penn State Fencing Club.

She grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where she said the fencing community is very small.  So she always had an opportunity to grow in her techniques.

Chicoine sad she was inspired to Fence during her freshman year of high school. She has now been fencing for 6 years, and has competed in about five National competitions and more than 100 local competitions.

Fencing is divided into three categories Foil, Sabre and Epee.

Foil is a sword that targets the torso, neck, and groin, but not the arms or legs. Sabre is a light sword that targets the entire body above the waist, excluding the hands. Epee is a much heavier sword. In épée, the entire body is valid target.

Techniques or movements in fencing can be divided into two categories: offensive and defensive. Certain techniques are used offensively, with the purpose of landing a hit on your opponent while holding the right of way others are used defensively, to protect against a hit or obtain the right of way.

Chicoine said she hopes that Fencing will remain apart of her life forever.

Slideshow: Behind the action

This slideshow demonstrates techniques and preparation in the art of fencing.