Fencing of the sword so the bar

 

Fencing dates
back thousands of years to 1200 BCE where swordsmanship was practiced as a form
of military training for war, combats between two people and pastime by the
Persians, Greeks, Romans and Germanic tribes (Evangelista, 2017). Sword combat
became a common practice throughout the Middle Ages and began to reflect the ideas
of personal mastery. With the increasing popularity of sword fighting, sword
training schools with fencing masters also developed. Changes to the sword was
also made for easier handling and protection of the human body so they were no
longer weapons. The Italians and French altered the cross-bar of the sword so
the bar would not pierce through the protection layer worn by the fighter, this
added to the ease of handling but lost some of the strength of the sword (Castello,
1933). By the end of the 16th century, the sword had changed to become
a light and simple rapier, that enhanced control and speed. This fencing style was
spread and developed throughout Europe and soon fencing became recognised as a
form of art. Schools continued to teach fencing, emphasising strategy and form
in safe training environments. A mask was also later developed to provide
protection. It was only in the late 19th century that fencing became
an organised sport, using a light sabre in a duel (Evangelista, 2017).

Technology
impacted the scoring system of fencing majorly as traditional scoring was done
by five individuals giving votes, which led to issues such as cheating. This
was when an electronic scoring system was introduced in the late 1800s. A
buzzer was attached to the wall, with a wire wrapped around each fighter’s neck
to the handle of their sword. When a hit was made, the blade of the sword would
be pressed back into the handle, completing a circuit and activating the
buzzer. As technology advanced, wireless systems were developed and fighters
wore conductive clothing, masks and cuffs to improve the signal. Lights now
appear on the fighter’s mask to signal whether a hit has been successful. 

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Fencing dates
back thousands of years to 1200 BCE where swordsmanship was practiced as a form
of military training for war, combats between two people and pastime by the
Persians, Greeks, Romans and Germanic tribes (Evangelista, 2017). Sword combat
became a common practice throughout the Middle Ages and began to reflect the ideas
of personal mastery. With the increasing popularity of sword fighting, sword
training schools with fencing masters also developed. Changes to the sword was
also made for easier handling and protection of the human body so they were no
longer weapons. The Italians and French altered the cross-bar of the sword so
the bar would not pierce through the protection layer worn by the fighter, this
added to the ease of handling but lost some of the strength of the sword (Castello,
1933). By the end of the 16th century, the sword had changed to become
a light and simple rapier, that enhanced control and speed. This fencing style was
spread and developed throughout Europe and soon fencing became recognised as a
form of art. Schools continued to teach fencing, emphasising strategy and form
in safe training environments. A mask was also later developed to provide
protection. It was only in the late 19th century that fencing became
an organised sport, using a light sabre in a duel (Evangelista, 2017).

Technology
impacted the scoring system of fencing majorly as traditional scoring was done
by five individuals giving votes, which led to issues such as cheating. This
was when an electronic scoring system was introduced in the late 1800s. A
buzzer was attached to the wall, with a wire wrapped around each fighter’s neck
to the handle of their sword. When a hit was made, the blade of the sword would
be pressed back into the handle, completing a circuit and activating the
buzzer. As technology advanced, wireless systems were developed and fighters
wore conductive clothing, masks and cuffs to improve the signal. Lights now
appear on the fighter’s mask to signal whether a hit has been successful. 

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