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Fencing

Fencing is a modern art of combat sport, also known as Olympic fencing. Two fencers face each other on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip with sword weapon and attempt to touch each other with the tip. Touches on the instrumented protective clothing are scored electrically.

In this sport, three types of weapons can be used which are foil, epee and sabre (spelled "saber" in the United States), and the rules for each weapon differ in which parts of the body are valid targets, and the rules also differ of when a hit is scored. Many professional fencers all around the globe select to specialize in just one of these weapons.

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Fencing is a sport at the Olympic Games, and is actually one of only five sports which have been featured in every modern Olympic Games.

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