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A Brief History

The sport of fencing has come along way since starting over 1000 years ago. Then again, for many years it wasn’t a sport at all instead a method of survival. Many of the moves still taught today were originally used to teach soldiers how to fight on the battle field. As armour became heavier and sturdier, the swords became long and cumbersome weapons. Individuals had to use great strength, not skill, to wield them. With the discovery of gun powder, armour became obsolete. This led to a dramatic change in the art of fencing. Weapons now became lighter for a more rapid execution of movements. Swordplay versus brute strength occurred and the fencing master appeared to teach individuals in the art and tactics of fencing. Dueling became fashionable among the nobles, but was outlawed by Louis XIV due to too many deaths. It was at this point that fencing actually began to become the sport we know today.

Fencing was reintroduced into modern day Olympics in 1896 and has been going strong ever since. An electrical scoring apparatus for epee was introduced in the 1930’s and was followed in the 1950’s by apparatus for foil and in the 1980’s by apparatus for sabre. The development of electrical scoring apparatus and more concise rules has made the sport more exciting than ever.

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Board of Directors

Executive Director: Sean Rathwell

Chairman: Andrew Rusheleau
Vice Chairman: David Cymbaluk
Director: Cameron Griffiths
Director: David Webster
Director: Denis Fournier
Director: Elya Perritt
Director: Ken Trumble
Director: Svetoslav Marinov
Director: Zac Morris

Governance

AFA By-Laws

At the 2007 AFA Annual General Meeting, the member clubs approved a new set of by-laws based on a governance model which delegates power to elected directors. This is a significant change in the way the AFA will be managed.

AFA By-Laws
AFA Policies & Procedures (Updated July 2016)

Fencing across Canada:
  • British Columbia Fencing Association
  • Alberta Fencing Association
  • Saskatchewan Fencing Association
  • Manitoba Fencing Association
  • Ontario Fencing Association
  • Fédération Escrime Québec
  • Fencing-Escrime New Brunswick
  • Fencing Association of Nova Scotia
  • University of Prince Edward Island Fencing Club
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Fencing Association
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