"In the broadest possible sense, fencing is the art of armed combat involving cutting, stabbing, or bludgeoning weapons directly manipulated by hand, rather than shot or thrown. Example weapons include swords, knives, pikes, bayonets, batons, clubs, and similar. In contemporary common usage, fencing tends to refer specifically to European schools of swordsmanship and to the modern Olympic sport that has evolved out of them.
Fencing is one of the four sports that has been featured at every modern Olympic Games. The modern weapons for sport fencing are the foil, epee, and sabre. Foils and epees are very similar. They both involve the use of the point, stabbing the opponent, while in sabre, one can use the sides of the weapon, and cut or stab. The term 'Fencing' derives from the expression, 'The Art of Defense', meaning the art of defending oneself in combat."