Wheelchair fencing (referred to as Parafencing) is a fast moving game of tactics and techniques, and is one of the sports in the Summer Paralympic Games. Wheelchair fencing is governed by the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation that is a federation of the International Paralympic Committee.
Adaptive Fencing Group Class
Our Parafencing and Adaptive program is designed for new and continuing fencers. Classes will be focused on the tactics and skills required for wheelchair and adaptive fencing. Athletes will learn rules of right of way, technical rules of the game, and the skills required for bouting. Classes will focus on sabre tactics and techniques.
Group classes are free.
Additional sessions may be available upon request
Wheelchair fencing was first introduced in 1953 by Sir Ludwig Guttmann -- who is also the founder of the Paralympic Movement. In 1960, wheelchair fencing debuted at the first-ever Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy. Though at the time, only three medal events were contested (men’s sabre, men’s sabre team and women’s foil) and only Italian athletes competed.
class A (athletes with full trunk movement and good balance)
class B (athletes with no leg movement and impaired trunk and balance functions)
class C (athletes with a disability in all four limbs, not included in the Paralympic games program)
Athletes compete in wheelchairs that are fixed to the floor, limiting the movement of the chair. The chairs are placed at a fixed distance, which is determined by the fencer with the shorter reach and adjusted before the start of the bout. Fencers have complete freedom of the upper body, allowing them to lean, duck, turn, and lunge in their chairs.
Athletes are divided into A, B and C classifications, depending on the strength and mobility. Class A athletes have the greatest range of mobility and strength in the hand and torso, while Class C athletes have the least.