Facts

Some quite interesting facts about fencing ... or they may just be rumours or actual lies.

  • Bruce Dickinson

    Bruce Dickinson, multi-millionaire and lead singer of the rock group "Iron Maiden" founded the Duellist International fencing equipment supplier.  As competitive International fencer he travelled round the globe, with his guitar on one shoulder and his fencing bag over the other.

  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was also a skilled stage fencer and taught his actors to make things look as real as possible.

  • Scotland's Last Duel

    Few other institutions can match the history of Glasgow University Union. Founded in 1885, the Union was the scene of Scotland’s last ever duel in 1899; swords were drawn and blood was spilled over the election battle for the University Rectorship.

  • Fast moving hits

    The tip of the fencing weapon is the second fastest moving object in sport after the marksman's bullet.

  • George Peppard

    George Peppard was a fencing instructor before becoming famous in ‘The A-Team’ TV series.