Adaptive

Fencing

Wheelchair fencing (now 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

Saturdays 11:00AM-12:00PM

Our Wheelchair  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

 
 

History of

Wheelchair Fencing

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.

Classifications

  • 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)

About Wheelchair Fencing

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.

 

Learn More

These pages provide additional information about wheelchair fencing in America and internationally.

Wheelchair Fencing is part of Boston Fencing Club's efforts to grow the sport of fencing and enable people to have access to a fantastic sport they might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Any donations given to our cause would be greatly appreciated. Help spread the sport of fencing today!

Contact Us

email

address

phone

info@bostonfencingclub.org

100 Holton St Brighton

MA 02135

857.204.5191

 

The Boston Fencing Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

Hours

Monday           5:00PM - 10:00PM

Tuesday           4:00PM - 10:00PM

Wednesday     4:00PM - 10:00PM

Thursday         4:00PM - 10:00PM

Friday              - closed -

Saturday          10:00AM - 2:00PM

Sunday            - closed -