In contemporary common usage, fencing refers specifically to European schools of swordsmanship and to the competitive forms of fencing, including Olympic fencing, that have evolved out of those schools. There are several different styles of fencing, and each style has different disciplines and rules.
- Competitive styles
- Historic styles
- Other styles
Aldo Nadi (April 29, 1899-November 10, 1965) is considered among the greatest fencers of all time. Aldo was born into a fencing family in Livorno, Italy, and both Aldo and his brother Nedo Nadi were fencers from a very young age. They were both taught in the classical Italian school of fencing by their father, Beppe Nadi, and both were already winning competitions by their teenage years. Though Nedo won more gold medals (six to Aldo's three), Aldo is generally considered the better of the two. His opponents include the famous French fencer, Lucien Gaudin. He died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, California.