Manitoba Fencing Association
The Manitoba Fencing Association (MFA) is a not-for-profit, amateur Provincial Sport Organization, supported by the Canadian Fencing Federation, Sport Manitoba and the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation. The MFA was established in 1978 to provide member clubs with support for recreational and competitive fencing. In addition to supporting our member clubs, the MFA provides assistance to our coaches, officials, and competitive athletes through our provincial programs.
Fencing is a modern and exciting sport often described as playing chess while running the 100 metre dash! It is hard to believe that this thoroughly sophisticated sport has emerged from the serious and deadly combat practiced by warriors of centuries past. Fencing is truly a modern Olympic sport having been involved since the first games in 1896 and is one of only four sports that have participated in every Olympic Games since.
Canadian fencing dates back to 1816 when Maitre Girard opened the first fencing school in Montreal. The sport had spread to Toronto by 1896 and the first Canadian Championships were held in 1902. Fencing has been progressing ever since and there are now over 80 clubs across Canada. Canadian fencers compete nationally and internationally and are ranked among the best in the world in several weapons.
Fencing is a sport of skill, speed and finesse in which there is little advantage in brute strength. Control of movement and quick thinking can overcome to a great extent lack of height, reach, or strength that would be a severe handicap in many other sports. It is for these reasons that members of both sexes can fence together on far more equal terms than is possible in most sports.
Foil, Epée and Sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of fencing. While it is not unusual for fencers to compete in all three disciplines, one generally chooses to specialize and compete in one weapon. Foil and Epée are point-thrusting weapons. Sabre is a point-thrusting as well as a cutting weapon. The target areas differ for the three weapons, however, all three are scored electronically.
The main object of a fencing bout is to score 5 points (in preliminary pool play) or 15 points (in direct elimination) on your opponent. Each time a fencers score, a touch they receive one point according to the rules of that weapon.
Benefits of Membership
For a chart of complete benefits please see MFA Benefits. For questions or comments about any of the benefits please contact the MFA office.