Why Do Fencers Scream?

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Why Do Fencers Scream During A Match?

Finally, the long-awaited match is about to begin. The fencers stand at opposite ends of the strip, waiting for the referee’s signal. As soon as the bout starts, they launch into action, lunging and thrusting at each other with lightning speed. In the heat of the fight, fencers are not uncommon to let out a loud yell.

But why do they do it? Let’s take a closer look:

1. Try and Gain Back Lost Confidence

Any athlete will tell you that confidence is key to success. In fencing, this is especially true. A lack of confidence can easily tip the split-second decisions and the delicate balance between offense and defense one way or the other.

When a fencer yells, they release all their pent-up energy and frustrations and psych themselves up for the next move. This can help to give them the boost of confidence they need to succeed. In addition, yelling can also be a way to intimidate opponents and gain an advantage.

By appearing strong and confident, a fencer can put their opponent on the defensive and take control of the match. So next time you feel down about your performance, try letting out a yell. It just might help you get back on track.

2. Fencers Scream to Express Frustration

In the heat of competition, it’s not uncommon for emotions to run high. For some athletes, this can manifest as shouting or swearing. For fencers, it often takes the form of a scream.

Though it may seem like an act of aggression, screaming is quite common in fencing and serves several purposes. For one thing, it can help to release tension and relieve stress. Some also find that screaming helps them focus and maintain concentration.

3. Helps Their Nerves

Although it may seem counterintuitive, yelling can be helpful when fencing. When we are nervous, our mind and body go into fight-or-flight mode, releasing adrenaline and cortisol. This can lead to shaking, a racing heart, and tunnel vision.

Yelling can help combat these effects by raising our blood pressure and heart rate, which can help us feel more alert and focused. In addition, yelling can help release tension and pent-up energy, making us feel more powerful and in control. 

4. Fencers Scream Because They’ve Been Hit Hard.

When one fencer is dominating their opponent and winning the match, it’s not uncommon for the losing fencer to scream when they’ve been struck with the blade. This scream may indicate that the hit hurt, but it may also be a way for the losing fencer to ask the referee to examine their opponent’s blade to ensure it’s not too dangerously sharp.

5. Helps Persuade The Referee

In fencing, as in many other sports, the referee plays an important role in adjudicating the match. When two fencers are locked in combat, it can be difficult for the referee to keep track of all the actions and ensure that the rules are followed.

By loudly declaring their actions, fencers help keep the referee informed and persuade them to make favorable rulings. This is especially important when both fencers are attacking at the same time, and the referee has to make a split-second decision.

By calling out their actions, fencers help ensure they get the ruling they want. In addition, yells can also be used to distract or intimidate opponents. A sharp yell can startle an opponent and break their concentration, giving the yelling fencer an advantage. 

6. Messed Up Their Attack

It’s not uncommon for fencers to scream after they’ve made a huge mistake, such as dropping their swords or letting go of their guard so that they can try to wipe the sweat off their forehead.

When they accidentally put themselves in a position open to their opponent, making a solid hit, they may scream as they attempt to close the distance between them again. 

7. Celebration/Joy

The effort required to fence can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. As a result, it’s not uncommon for fencers to let out a yell when they score a point.

For many fencers, this is part of the appeal of the sport – the opportunity to release all their pent-up energy in a single exhilarating moment. Some fencers even say that the yells are a part of the sport as the fencing itself.


To understand fencers, you must realize that they often experience intense bouts and must let out their emotions. When you hear a fencer screaming, don’t panic – likely, they are letting out a lot of built-up emotions.