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Introduction to Fencing 118

Updated on November 10, 2018
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I am retired and a former epee fencer at CCNY Varsity and USFA. I have achieved the rank of A and have competed in National tournament.

Introduction

While visiting Southern California this summer, I had a chance to workout at Gryphon Fencing Academy. While there, I was introduced to a new Wireless Fencing system developed by EnPointe. It was easy to use and secure. Most importantly, no more having to deal with reels.

- Aug. 2018

How Does It Work?

This system works with existing scoring machine such as VSM. It has three components. The main unit connects to the scoring machine. Each fencer plugs into a pack which clips into the back pocket. The system works with touch control. Tap the main unit to select the weapon. Each fencer tap the tip of their weapon to the main unit to connect and identify the competitor. That is all there is to it.

The cost of one system is $750. It will replace the cost of two reels and extension cords.

The range of the system is over 50 yards, more than enough for a standard fencing strip. Enpointe will support 40 systems running simultaneously without interference. Testing is underway for international tournaments and approval by the FIE.

Wireless Fencing at Gryphon Fencing

VSM Scoring System

My Experience

Having been an epee fencer since the 1970s, I can appreciate the significance of a wireless system. About 10 years ago, a wireless system was developed by an Ukrainian company which had some glitches. I fenced using that experimental system at an outdoor competition on the shores of the Hudson River.

This current system by EnPointe, an Australian company, is easier to use and seems to work without issues. The feeling on the strip without the tug of a reel behind you is liberating. I enjoyed fencing with this system and look forward to having it installed at our club.

The advantages of wireless are many but from a fencing club perspective, the cost savings of reels and frequent repairs is a definite plus.

Now...You Can Take Fencing Anywhere...

Summary

Wireless fencing is the future. It took a long time for the technology to mature. It appears now is the time. It is worth a try.

© 2018 Jack Lee

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      It is interesting to get an honest review of this new technology. I had a friend many years ago, who fenced.

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