All information about wheelchair fencing in 2 minutes !!

Discover this presentation video made by the international Paralympic committee.


Touch the opponent without being touched yourself. The purpose of fencing remains the same – sitting or standing.

In wheelchair fencing, the two fencers are seated on an wheelchair and the distance remains fixed. Thus, the only way to touch the opponent with his weapon is through arm and chest movements.


Protective equipment (mask, jacket, pants, glove, etc.) and weapons are identical to standing practice.

Depending on the weapon (epee, foil or saber), an additional skirt or jacket must be added to delimit the valid area.

The chairs are fixed on a handifix (2 plates and a rod), which allows you to adjust the distance between the fencers.


Wheelchair fencing is for everyone with a handicap of the lower limbs or injuries, which makes standing fencing impossible.

Depending on the various disabilities, there are different categories (A, B and C). Thus in competition, fencers of the same category have the same functional capacities according to their handicap, for example paraplegia, amputation…