Whether we consider fencing to be an art of enjoyment or a science of weapons, a method of education or a sport, its study reveals great wealth. Wealth of a thousand-year-old history, a wide range of technical skills, a laudatory record of achievements, and above all, the values created by fencing that are still taught today through the practice of this sport.
The history of fencing often retraces that of mankind, through that of the sword, and if we were to analyse the different features of this art throughout the centuries, we would notice that they correspond to the customs of the era in which they appear. Man has sought to invent weapons to defend himself against nature and other human beings since Cain. He has utilised his strength, resorted to materials and tools, improved his dexterity and used his intelligence. The history of fencing gives a marvellous account of all that.
Fencing is one of the few sports to have acknowledged professionals prior to the 1980s. In fact, the original Olympic rules, written by Baron Pierre de Coubertin (second President of the International Olympic Committee), specifically stated that professional fencers, called masters, could compete in competitions.
Fencing was an Olympic sport for the first time in 1896 and it is one of the few sports to have always been part of the Olympic programme.
Chinese Fencing Association
FIE Member since: 1974
President: WU shouzhang
Secretary-General: WANG Wei
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Scientific Research Commissiom