There are three different types of weapons in fencing; the épée a sword similar to the duels of the 19th century, the foil, a thin flexible blade and the sabre, whose technique emphasizes speed and feints. Each weapon has its own associated scoring zone on the opponent's body and is played to a unique set of rules.
Many techniques of fencing are used for stunts and fight scenes in films; therefore fencing requires athletes to be quick and nimble. Mental skills are as crucial as physical ones with concentration and quick thinking being especially important.
James Davis, James Honeybone, Corinna Lawrence and Sophie Williams, who all represented Team GB at London 2012, have all been previous UK School Games or Sainsbury's School Games Champions.
Gabi Down, who was the inaugural Wheelchair Fencing UK School Games Champion in 2011, went on to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London aged 14.
Philip Marsh, the UK School Games Champion in 2010 Men's Epee went on to become Under 20 World Champion in 2011.
There will be four competing teams that will represent England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
For information regarding the selection policy for Fencing at the Sainsbury's 2013 School Games, please contact Katie Dolan (British Fencing).