Women And Sword-fencing

Sword fencing is a tough sport and many women take part in Europe, but in India the game is still to take off
Women and Sword-Fencing
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When I was in Europe my girlfriend invited me to come and watch a sword fencing event. We went and I for the first time saw a fencing match. In India, this sport is not popular and frankly I do not know anybody who plays this sport of fencing in India. The match I saw was between two girls and both were adept. After the bout was over and the fencers had removed their helmets I realized that both the contestants were girls. It was a lovely sight as they tossed their blonde hair. It was nice shaking their hands

and as I shook their hands I realized they were feminine after all, yet they handled swords. Actually, the weapons they used were the rapier, which is a long thin sword with a pointed end, but it can be lethal and that is the reason that all fencers are elaborately kitted with helmets and armor.

 Coming to history,  swordswomen have been rare, but there have been many women who distinguished themselves as swordswomen as well. The foremost name to come to mind is Joan of Arc, who led the French army against the English during the medieval age. I will, however, agree that the number of swordswomen is a minuscule and it is not a sport that comes easily to a woman.

Come to think of it, in India, even men do not take part in this sport.

However, the Sikhs and Rajputs had warrior women who handled swords. The Love of Baji Rao the Peshwa, Mastani was also adept at handling swords. There is an also an excellent movie of the “Return of Zorro” which features the Hollywood actress who is the love of Zorro as a fencer.

When women can take to flying jets I see no reason why women cannot take part in fencing events. It’s a robust game, but presently in India, I don’t know if even a single woman takes part in fencing. It’s an Olympic sport, but India is 100 light years away from participation in the Olympics.

The art of fencing is a game of great finesse and skill. It requires agility and a great deal of physical fitness. It also requires high-quality equipment in foils, armor, and helmets. India is a long way off from all this. Coming to the two girls who fenced, it was a pleasure to dine with them along with my girlfriend. I was invited to learn to fence, but I thought it better to stay away. Maybe I chickened out.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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