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More to the point: Orion Fencing in Orchards pokes holes in fencing’s reputation as a niche sport

By , Columbian staff writer
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Student London Lockwood lunges for an attack during practice Dec. 11.
Student London Lockwood lunges for an attack during practice Dec. 11. (Tommy Rhodes for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

When two kids find a couple of sticks, what’s the first thing they do? Pretend the sticks are swords and they are swashbuckling pirates or knights of old.

The desire to whack sticks together seems so ingrained, it’s a wonder that fencing — a combat sport where players in protective gear engage in formalized swordplay — isn’t as common as football or basketball.

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