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The Art of Fencing

Olympic fencing, originally an ancient sport, combines today’s classical combat with modern technology. For centuries fencing was widely practiced at traditional European schools in France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Russia. The sport has enjoyed growing popularity in the USA mainly in the last decade, after US saber fencers Mariel Zagunis and Sada Jacobson medaled at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The US Fencing Team won more medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games. Even President Obama was inspired to fence at the White House with one of US Olympians, Tim Morehouse. Today fencing is truly an international sport.

 

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The protective gear used in fencing includes:

  • a leather glove for the hand that is holding the weapon
  • a mask with mesh or visor which must meet international standards for strength
  • jacket and knickers made out of Kevlar, the same material used in bulletproof vests
  • underarm protector, which is an extra sleeve for the prominent arm
  • chest protector, used mostly by young children and women

 

Electric Equipment:

Nowadays technology has brought fencing to a different level. Electronic equipment aids precision to determine accurate touches. Fencers wear electric uniforms that cover their valid target area and are connected to electronic scoring machines. This electric equipment consists of :

  • an electric fencing mask ( in saber and foil only)
  • an electric lamé (with sleeves in saber , without sleeves in foil)
  • an electric cuff (saber only)
  • mask clip (creates an electric circuit from the mask to the lamé)
  • body cord (connects the weapon and lamé to the scoring machine)
  • electronic scoring machines (connected directly to the fencers by cables or uses wireless devices)

 

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Weapons:

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