Beginner and Intermediate Wheelchair Fencing
Saturdays 2-3 PM - Fencing equipment provided
Other times by special arrangement
The following was copied from the International Paralympic Committee Wheelchair Fencing page. The website may be accessed here.
"Wheelchair Fencing was developed by Sir Ludwig Guttmann at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital and was introduced to the world at the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games. Men and women with amputations, spinal-cord injuries and cerebral palsy are eligible to compete in foil epee (men and women) and saber (men) events. Their wheelchairs are fastened to the floor during competition. At the London 2012 Games, 100 athletes will compete in 12 medal events."
Men and women with an amputation, spinal injury or cerebral palsy areeligible to compete in events including Foil, Epée (men and women) and Sabre (men). The official governing body is the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).For more detailed information on Wheelchair Fencing, please visit the IWAS website at www.iwasf.com.
The Fencing Institute of Texas works with Southwest Wheelchair Athletic Association to promote wheelchair sports.
We believe that wheelchair fencers and able bodied fencers should practice with each other. Each group has a special set of techniques they develop that are useful to the other. For example, able bodied fencers have the luxury of moving up and down the strip using distance to parry their opponent. The wheelchair fencer is confined to the chair and frame. The wheelchair fencer must learn to use their hand more precisely and in-fighting techniques that not all able bodied fencers practice. When fencing together, both use the wheelchair and frame; both develop their hand-eye coordination to a greater level, and incorportate greater body movement in distance parries!