Fencing is a fast-paced and athletic competition which evolved out of historical swordsmanship and military training. Fencing is one of only four sports to be included in every modern Olympic Games since the first in 1896. It was also an event in the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece.
It is a sport for all ages and levels of athletic ability. Because it ultimately relies on skill and not merely physical prowess, it allows people of all ages and strengths to compete equally.
Modern fencing is also safe. Protective equipment and rules stress safety and sportsmanship.