Fencing is a modern competitive sport involving the use of the three weapons: Foil, Épée and Sabre.
These weapons are lightweight, flexible and without sharp points or edges.
The sport of fencing has kept its romantic image while evolving and continuing to challenge its participants. It improves overall fitness while developing coordination of mind and body.
It is a sport which relies on the use of tactics and strategy as well as speed and skill while facing your opponent. The need to think quickly and adapt to constantly changing situations is key. In fact, the modern sport of fencing has been described as trying to play chess while running the 100 meter dash!
Fencing is one of the safest Olympic sports out there. Check out an article written by David Themens for details about fencing safety (Fencing Among Safest Olympic Sports), a recent Scientific American article about Injuries at Olympic Events, or the Scientific Article published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showing fencing to be in the top five of safest Olympic sports. You can also check out this Fencing.net article (Fencing: Safer than Badminton).
A description of the three fencing weapons can be found here: Fencing Weapons
A guide to how to watch a fencing bout can be found here: How to Watch a Bout
A guide to the various pieces of equipment and parts can be found here: Glossary of Parts and Equipment