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When using the foil weapon during fencing, the target area is the torso and the torso only, unlike other swords (e.g., the épée has the full body for target excepting the mask (head), the saber has everything above the waist including the mask (head) as target). When using foil, the two fencers take "turns" during the bout (match). Foil is best matched with people who are good with rules (due to taking turns), and it helps if you're a small person (less target area, easier to parry (block)!). Saber is good for people who are really quick on their feet, and épée fencers do best when they are quick, yet very, very patient.
Contributed by Bonnie Cho