Advance – To step forward
Beat - A sharp tap on an opponent's blade to initiate an attack
Black Card – A card from the referee signifying a fencer has been expelled and at the discretion of the referee it will be from either the match or tournament.
Bout – A contest between two fencers
Corps-a-Corps (pronounced "core-a-core") – A move involving body contact where two fencers are engaged in a way that allows neither to use his or her weapon
Counter Attack – An attack made by a fencer immediately following a missed attack by their opponent
Disengage - To break contact between blades
Double Touch/Hit – Successful contact by both fencers within .04 of a second. (counted only in epee competition)
En Garde – French for "on guard", the position that fencers take before a bout begins or after a break in action
Engage – To make contact blade to blade
Feint – A false attack designed to force an opponent into a reaction
Fleche - A running attack
Hit/Touch – A point scored by a touch
Lunge - A move where a fencer's front leg moves forward while the back leg remains stationary and straightens out
On Guard Line – A line on each side of center on the strip where a fencer stands to begin or resume a bout
Parry – A defensive action where a fencer blocks an opponent's blade
Plastron – Protective shield worn under a fencer's jacket
Recover - To return to the en garde position after lunging
Red Card – A card from the referee signifying a penalty hit has been charged against a fencer for a rules violation
Right of Way – The ever complicated and subjective system for determining who scores a point in either a foil or sabre bout.
Riposte – A counter attack by a fencer who has just blocked an attack by the opponent with a parry
Warning Line – A line two meters inside the rear line that warns a fencer he or she is near the end of the strip
Yellow Card – A card from the referee signifying a warning has been issued to a fencer for violating a rule.