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Fencing Trivia

Fun facts about the sport of fencing.

1. Fencing as a game goes back to as early as 1200 A.D.

2. Many of the ballet positions are derived from fencing.

3. The fencing suits are white, because in earlier times, touching was recorded with a piece of cotton at the tip of the weapon dripped in ink.

4. The tip of the fencing weapon is the second fastest moving object in sport after the marksman's bullet.

5. Fencing is one of only four sports to be included in every modern Olympic Games, since the first in 1896.

6. Fencing was also a sport in the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece.

7. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, was a fencer.

8. Epee 750 gram of force is required to score a touch, it is based on the amount of tension required to break the skin. In a duel, honor was done, as soon as, the blood was drawn, even from a scratch.

9. The target area in sabre, originally a cavalry weapon, is from the waist up because it is contrary to the rules of chivalry to injure an opponent's horse.

10. There was originally no time limit on a fencing bout, until a Masters Championship bout in New York in the 1930s lasted for seven hours.

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