Originally Posted by scarphe
if you are already using epee you should not have weak hand nor wrists since you probably have done at least 1 to 1.5 years of foil first.
Purely a matter of opinion, with a lot of dissenting voices. If you only get somebody for four years and they have no prior experience (as is the case in most of collegiate fencing), you don't waste a year learning a bunch of skills from foil that don't transfer. Even under ideal conditions I don't know that it helps any. Most clubs start with foil because they have more foils around, more foil fencers, and more foil instructors. They're a little easier to handle, but you don't learn fundamental fencing skills more effectively from foil. You just learn how to fence foil.