IMG_4455 Fencing 101 - Introduction The sport of fencing is a historic European martial arts formulated to challenge both physically and tactically between two opponents.  It is a prestigious and modern combative sport based on tradition.  In the early 1400s, fencing began the move from a form of military training to a sport.  Both Italy and Germany lay claim to its origins, with German masters organising the first guilds.  The most notable being the Marxbruder of Frankfurt, formed in 1478. Fencing reflects and cultivates the successful qualities, which are important to contemporary young people who seek a challenge to both body and mind through an effective blend of patience and determination, discipline and competitiveness.  Competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in every one of the modern Olympic Games; the four being, Athletics, Cycling, Swimming, and Gymnastics.  Modern fencing uses three weapons, and is divided respectively into three competitive scenes: Epee, Foil, and Sabre. Olympic History Fencing was included for the first time in the Olympic programme since 1896 in Athens.  The women’s fencing competition entered the Games in 1924 in Paris.  Today, men and women compete in individual and teams event, in which three types of weapon are used and divided respectively into three competitive scenes.   Foil, Epee and Sabre.  The Foil was, at first, the only weapon used by women, until the 1996 Games in Atlanta, when women’s epee was introduced.  Women’s Sabre appeared for the first time on the Olympic programme in Athens in 2004. Among […]
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