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Maryland Fencing Club is more than just playing with swords
Maryland Fencing Club is more than just playing with swords

The ancient sport of fencing is not something you’ll see only at the Renaissance Festival. At the Maryland Fencing Club in Abingdon, the sport is thriving. We talked with owner Greg Paye, a certified United States Fencing Association coach, and several of his pupils to find out what’s attracting so many families to this 500-year-old pastime. Paye, who opened the Maryland Fencing Club in 2008, is a modern purveyor of an age-old activity that can trace its roots to Renaissance Europe, when swordplay was a form of military training. In 1896, fencing made its debut as an Olympic sport, complete with protective clothing, masks and blunt-tipped weapons. The object is to score...

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