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Just like the movies? Not at all, really

Above, Chuck Allen of Dunedin, left, and Kirk Rowley of Palm Harbor compete Sunday in the second annual Croiser L. Epee Fencing Tournament, sponsored by the Largo Fencing Club. Right, Christy Beckert of Orlando shows her form. Each person scores a point, called a touch, by touching his opponent with the tip of his sword in a valid target area. These fencers used epees, heavier than foils and with stiffer blades that are electrically wired to register a touch. The fencer being attacked uses a parry, after which the defender can make a riposte, or answering attack. The action is swift and athletic, a far cry from the choreographed bouts seen in movies and on stage.

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