Say, I had a question about fencing. Would that be on topic?

What about rapier fighting?

What about medieval sword work for re-enactment?

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As long as we draw the line on re-enactment, versus showmanship (Renaissance Faire-type fighting), since that falls under the category of theatre.

The western arts, which are now experiencing a regain in popularity, are just as interesting, and I would certainly love to see questions about rapier fighting and differences between Spanish and Italian techniques, as well as Savate and even Bartitsu.

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    i agree with you 100%
    – Patricia
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 14:25
  • What about "Olympic" Fencing?
    – noahz
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 21:40
  • @noahz please define Olympic fencing for me.
    – Anon
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 21:54
  • Oy.. The sport of fencing.. I would argue that no, it does not qualify, because it is a sport, and it has rules. By the same token, I would argue that Boxing and UFC do not qualify, either.
    – Anon
    Commented Feb 7, 2012 at 23:13
  • I see MMA questions on here. Isn't that a sport, with rules?
    – noahz
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 2:24
  • I'm not sure it applies. People train for olympic fencing very differently than they train for classical fencing, and people train for MMA tournaments very differently than they would train to use MMA for self-defense. I would dislike with seeing questions related to tournament MMA -- but I am not judge and jury :)
    – Anon
    Commented Feb 8, 2012 at 3:38
  • Someone told me about the new Sports StackExchange in Beta, so I'm going to direct "Olympic" fencing questions there.
    – noahz
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 18:43
  • People train for Tae Kwon Do tournament differently then they would to use if for self defense--gaming the rules by holding their guard out and down to make sweeping kicks to the head difficult, and the like. I'd go with the rules of sport fencing off-topic, but the handling of the epee (or even the foil) on-topic. Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 2:16
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    I see no reason to draw a line between combat sport and martial art for this site. Why limit?
    – Btuman
    Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 20:32

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