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History of FencingFencing: From antiquity to Olympic sport
Grab a sword and stay en garde
The highly civilized sport of fencing has its origins in antiquity. During the Bronze Age, weapons of war began to evolve away from the ax, club, and spear with the invention of the sword and shield. In a world where armed combat was a way of life, schools formed in 12th century Italy and France, and sword fighting became a studied art. Soon there were detailed instructions and books from the masters on sword fighting systems, and in 1471 the world had its first fencing manual, along with bouts organized for sport.
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