Prima Spada, School of Fence trains students of Classical Fencing in the use of all three modern weapons: foil, epee and sabre.
The foil was originally developed as a practice version of the smallsword. It has a rectangular section and flexible blade with a protected point. Hits can only be scored by using the tip to land attacks in a lunge or thrust upon the prescribed target area. In foil fencing an appropriate touch landed to the torso or lower bib section of the fencing mask are counted as points while all other areas of the body are considered to be off-target.
Sabre and Hutton Sabre
The modern sabre is a light, flexible version of the military cavalry sabre, while the Hutton sabre - named for Alfred Hutton, a swordsman of the mid to late 19th century one of whose works focused on the use of the military sabre - is a sturdier weapon though used in a similar manner. With either of these two styles of sabre hits can be scored by using the edge as well as the tip and the majority of attacks from this weapon are delivered as cuts. The target area upon which such strikes are awarded points are the torso above the waist as well as the head and arms.
The Epee is the modern descendant of the dueling cup-hilt rapier. It has a triangular hollow ground blade, and a bell-shaped guard. It also has a protected point. Like the foil, hits can only be scored by using the tip to land attacks in a lunge or thrust; however, unlike the foil, the target area when fencing with the epee includes the entire body from head to toe.