Hey! I'm interested in taking up fencing, but there's something that's bothering me. How realistic is it? Like, is it even close to what it was when rapiers were in common use? Or has it changed since becoming a sport? Now, I'd like to say that there's nothing wrong with competition, and even if modern fencing is completely different from classical fencing, it's still an awesome sport. But, say, could a modern fencer pick up and effectively use a real sword? Thanks in advance!