What is Fencing?
Fencing is a combat sport that uses weapons. You may think of Zorro or the Three Musketeers when hearing the word fencing, but the actual sport is fast and athletic, and the bladework that Zorro does would make him lose his bout.
The object of fencing is to effectively score a set number of points on your opponent before he scores that number on you. Points are scored by getting touches on your opponent. How you can get touches varies from weapon to weapon, and the target areas will be discussed on each specific weapon page.
Bouting takes place on a strip, usually made of non-reactant metal. In high school and local tournaments, a strip may be on a gymnasium floor and marked with tape. A bout is usually 3-4 minutes for 5 point bouts and 3 3 minute sessions for 15 point bouts. In foil and epee, a fencer may very often use all of the time alloted to them, but in sabre, a five point bout rarely exceeds one minute.
the history behind the sport of fencing
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