After coming into contact with a few fencers that are quite into the sport, I have come to the conclusion that it is not for me.
See, as I understand it, Olympic fencing is about honor, and discipline, and giving your opponent a target to hit.
When I fight, I am about surviving. And if you think about a mugging or a street fight, surviving equates quite nicely with winning.
I will not give my opponent a target to hit. I will not play fair. I will not be nice. If someone comes to attack me, I will eviscerate them as quickly as possible so I can be ready for his buddies coming around the corner.
Don't get me wrong -- I like the idea. It's romantic and wonderful. And I've seen from watching David practice that it takes quite a bit of skill to put the tip of a four foot foil on a moving tennis ball. But I can't do it. The idea of intentionally leaving myself open for an opponent to hit me (and not as an entrapment) ... it's anathema to me.
I guess I'll have to find another sport to enjoy.