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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.

2023 Season


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 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.


Leon Paul Junior Series requirements and rules for 2022 onwards

BF Registered Events

All LPJS Events must now be registered with British Fencing. More details can be found here.

If a competition not register with British Fencing, no LPJS points will be awarded to the fencers who take part.

All registered events will have their BF Event Licence ID number displayed at the top of the competition page.

Rule Changes

The new passivity rule introduced on the 1st January 2023 by the FIE will be implemented at the all LPJS events.

U11's & U13 must use the correct size blade for their weapon. Size 2 or smaller for epee & sabre or size 3 or smaller for foil. If the fencer presents on piste with the wrong size weapon, the fencer will receive a yellow card and the weapon confiscated for the duration of the fight in line with rule t.73 1b.

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.