Fencing at Fort Ticonderoga. (Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio)

Fencing at Fort Ticonderoga. (Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio)

The modern sport of epee started with gentlemen and officers poking holes in each other to sort out bragging rights over women, politics or family.  Later, swordsmen realized that they could do this just for fun, proving who was the best athlete without the holes. After attending a fencing tournament in Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York last weekend, North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann reports on how fencing has found its way in American sports.