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Sticks and Swords: The Art and Sport of Fencing

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Sticks and Swords: The Art and Sport of Fencing
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.54

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    guard, bout, chandelier, doing, egyptian, electrical, especially, fencers, high-tech, pharaoh, picks, saber, slash, sword, along, body
     content words:    Middle Ages

Other Languages
     Spanish: Palos y espadas: El arte y el deporte de la esgrima


Sticks and Swords: The Art and Sport of Fencing
By Colleen Messina
  

1     On guard! Slash! Slash! Sword fighting in the movies looks fast. Sword fighting in the movies looks fun--especially if the swordsmen swing from chandeliers. Sword fighting, or fencing, in real life is still fun but takes lots of practice.
 
2     People have been doing some kind of fighting with swords for a long time. The ancient Egyptians did stick fencing. They did it for their leader. Their leader was the pharaoh. Egyptian soldiers practiced stick fencing. It made them strong. It made them quick. Even the royal family learned this sport. They wanted to protect themselves.
 
3     Later, in the Middle Ages, knights fought with swords. These contests were called jousts. They fought at tournaments. They fought for the honor of their ladies. Before becoming a knight, young boys trained as squires. They fought with small, blunt swords.

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