LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Louisville Fencing Center (LFC) has been teaching sword play for the past 25 years. One of the best kept athletic secrets in Louisville has produced world and national champion fencers.

Fencing is one of the original Olympic sports that is still practiced all over the world. Each weapon in fencing (epee, foil and sabre) requires strategy and execution. Each weapon has specific rules for "touches" based on it origins. The gear used in modern fencing protects athletes and helps with scoring. Everyone from ages 6 to 80 can fence.

LFC conducts in-school fencing programs and a recreational fencing for youth, college and adult fencers. Several Louisville Fencing Center athletes have earned scholarships to fence in college. LFC has internationally and nationally ranked fencers.

Under the direction of Maestro Les Stawicki, LFC has gained national and international recognition. He was inducted in the Fencing Hall of Fame in 2016 and has been the National coach for the USA ParaOlympic team for 24 years.

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