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What is the Leon Paul Junior Series?

The Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS) is the best way to start fencing competitively. It is designed specifically for young fencers who want to compete in a fun, safe environment. There are over 30 competitions nationwide and athletes' ages range from 7 to 17. Fencing is a great way to keep fit but to develop your skills you need to fence under competition conditions against different opposition. Some fencers attend just one or two competitions each year, while others will compete in several. Fencers collect ranking points from each event to climb up the LPJS rankings tables and win prizes. Virtually all of the successful young fencers in the country started their careers at LPJS competitions.
       Ben Paul
       Director of Leon Paul London

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LPJS Competition Rules

All LPJS events are run to the same format and follow the BFA & FIE rules with the a few amendments specifically related to age groups.

2017 Season

Age Birth Year Blade Size Poule fights Direct Elimination
Foil Epee Sabre Hits Time Hits Time
Under 9 2008/09 0 0 0 5 2min 10 3x2min
Under 11 2006/07 3 2 2 5 3min 10 3x2min
Under 13 2004/05 3 2 2 5 3min 10 3x2min
Under 15 2002/03 5 5 5 5 3min 15 3x3min


  • All poule matches are fenced to 5 hits or 3 minutes apart from U9s who fence to 5 hits or 2 minutes.
  • Direct Elimination fights to 15 hits (U15 & U17) have 3 periods of 3 minutes.
  • Direct Elimination fight to 10 hits (U9, U11 & U13) have 3 periods of 2 minutes.
  • Foil U15 & U17 competitions must use conductive mask bibs. This is optional for U9, U11 & U13.
  • All fencing matches use full size pistes.
  • U9's start the match and following each valid hit with their back foot on the enguard line.


  • 1 or 2 rounds of poules followed by Direct Elimination without repecharge.
  • Direct Elimination is optional for U9 competitions.
  • There is no fight off for 3rd place, both losing semi-final fencers will receive bronze medals.
  • Events can be mixed in the event of small entries but final results must be separated into age group and sex.
  • Changes for 2017

    Leon Paul are making the following changes to the LPJS for 2017.

    Removing the U17 age group

    There were only 22 total entries in the U17 age groups during the whole of 2016. Competition organisers can still run U17 competitions at their events but they won't carry LPJS points or rankings.

    Fencers can only fence for 1 Club

    Fencers can't fence for multiple clubs at events. Multiple clubs causes problems for competition organises because the computer software sees any club names that are not identical as different clubs e.g. 1) ZFW 2) Sussex House 3) ZFW/Sussex House are seen as 3 different clubs and 'separation by clubs' for the poules will not work.

    If a fencer enters under multiple clubs only the first club will be taken.

    Online Feedback

    Following each event fencers will be sent a link (via the email address they enter with) to an online survey. This will allow Leon Paul to help organisers continually improve their events.