…I would like to say this:
I am really, really getting into my twice-a-week fencing matches.
The first half of the semester was mostly teaching us the fundamentals and getting us used to thinking quickly and feeling the rhythm of a bout. But now we regularly fence one another – as well as the instructors and club team members – for the entire session. And I think I’m starting to [knock on wood] get the hang of it. Plus it’s FUN.
It’s one heckuva solid workout, but even moreso the true talent lies in the mental acuity of the fighters. A match is all about learning and exploiting your opponent’s weaknesses on the fly, while simultaneously concealing your own. It’s an easy sport to learn, but an exceptionally difficult one to master. Every possible move is not only one which could score you a point, but it could also be used as leverage for your opponent to score a point.
So. Much. Awesome. I highly recommend trying it out if you haven’t.