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Fighting Fit – The Exciting Sport of Fencing June 14, 2009

Posted by sallehon in England.

Author: Sam Stevenson
Published: 14th June 2009 23:56

There’s something rather nostalgic and alluring about fencing: it evokes an age when chivalry reigned, duels were fought for honour and women hit the smelling salts at the sight of a pair of breeches (when they weren’t off masquerading as highwaymen!). There can’t be many a red-blooded man or woman who didn’t enjoy the spectacle of Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta Jones fighting it out in ‘The Mask of Zorro’. However, as I have come to learn, the large, dramatic and noisy techniques used to make sword fighting look spectacular on film are very different to the subtle, precise movements that make fencing effective

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