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Fencing: Sport with a long history.

FOR the Japanese Samurai the sword was ``the true origin of all wisdom.''

The British Academy of Fencing is one of the oldest governing sports bodies in the world, having been founded by King Henry VIII.

Today's modern sabre is derived from the blade employed by the cavalry, with perhaps the most famous use of a cavalry charge being that of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaclava during the Crimea War. Apart from a weapon of war, the sword was, for a long time, the personal weapon of choice for protection and was frequently used to settle private slights with the duel of honour.

It was quite legal to use this method of obtaining satisfaction in Britain right up until 1817.

The cult of the duel was enshrined in the Prussian military and universities, where the display of a duelling scar was the mark of a gentlemen, and not that of a poor swordsman.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 7, 2002
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