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Gloria De Luca
January 21, 2011
This is their creed.
This ancient symbol of power and glory.
A game of chess, with 36 inches of steel in your hand.
It's gratifying to see its sharp rise.
British Fencing, in the news recently, has received a much needed major cash boost for the London 2012 Olympics and a new five-year sponsorship deal worth £1 million.
And it's not a cutlery company.
The Brits may not be cutting it at Wimbledon but their fencers have leapt up in the world rankings, winning medals at both individual and team levels.
The word "fencing" is derived, it is suspected, from the 16th century word, "fencible," which means formidable defense.
The Greek and Roman civilizations favored short swords and light spears, and taught their warriors in schools called ludi.
The collapse of the Roman Empire around 476 AD proved hazardous to both Rome and sword play, and brought the crude, heavy weapons of the barbarian invaders.
Very little in the way of technique.
Right-of-way, a set of rules, which made fencing a series of alternating attacks and defenses, helped bring in the modern era in the 17th century.
Noblemen, who had been running each other through, realized this could be a noble preoccupation.
Terms like lunge, parry, riposte and faint came into usage.
The “fleuret” or foil was soon developed in France as a lighter training weapon for dueling.
"Ah, foiled again."
The French master La Boessiere invented the fencing mask, a key element. More protective equipment was used to keep the participants healthy.
French and Italian masters soon took their moves to America, and Hollywood took notice, with some inspired moves of their own.
Like the back of the stairs retreat, swinging back into the fray from the nearest chandelier and cutting a chandelier, (which kept chandelier makers very happy), so it dropped on pursuing ruffians.
Today, foil play is performed at rapier like speed.
The French, Italians, Hungarians and British rely on touches that before would have gone undetected.
Now, there's even instant replay.
Electric scoring machines.
No matter how high tech it's become, it still takes discipline, balance, concentration, tactical intelligence, and above all else, training.
This noble sport and art has been in every Olympics since 1896.
Certainly worthy, I would suppose, of a riposte or two.
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