Fencing (the sport)

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  1. xtremerunnerars

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    Does anyone here fence? I've always been interested in the sport primarily because I think I'd be pretty decent at it. Quick reflexes and movement as well as a desire to do something that seems demanding on the body.

    There's a class coming up at the community center and I'm wondering whether I should enroll or not.
     
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    I had a girlfriend in college who tried out for the Modern Pentathalon for the Olympics (swimming was her premier event, and no she didn't make the team). So she had all of the stuff. We sparred in the dorm living room and she tried to pass along some of the instruction she got.

    I came away with the feeling that of the various events, that tennis players (because of standard stroke mechanics) would be best at the saber (an unpopular event, I understand).

    Netplay would probably be closer to the epee' (sp ?)
     
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  3. fencing sounds awesome but i find it abit too formal
     
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    I think I'll sign up for the beginner class but I'll probably move up to the advanced. The person who runs it said that beginner is mostly middle school kids and I think that since I'll be taller and a better athlete that I might be better served moving up once I grasp the basics. Hopefully I'll catch on quickly and get right into doing some uber dueling.
     
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    I have a lot of fencer friends. I never tried it out, but it sure looks fun!
     
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  6. Bodacious DVT

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    gosh ive always wanted to do this. i think a club around here might have a class but i really dont want to invest in all the equiptment tho. looks fascinating!
     
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    It's 110 bucks for 8 hour and a half classes so i think it's a pretty good deal. All of the equipment is provided on site so that's nice too.
     
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    just did the math. thats a reeaaally good deal. go for it and tell us how it was!
    (i think it was less than a dollar an hour)
     
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    Sounds like a great deal! The fitness-trainer in me seems to remember that it's a phenomenally demanding sport from an aerobic fitness sport....

    Anyways - do post after your first or second session and share the experience, it does sound fun....
     
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    i used to do Kendo when I was in junior high. But fencing never tried it. Is it really good?
     
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