Due to hamstrig issues I haven’t Been fencing for the past 6 months or so. This is getting tabled til I fix the hamstrings! 3 years ago
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I’ve renamed this goal from “Learn to Fence” to “Learn the basics of fencing” because learning to fence is… well, really, a life-long goal. At what point do I say yes! I know how to fence! ??? I don’t think I can. So instead I’m reframing the goal to be something a little more concrete. Learn the basics of fencing means to me that I have learned enough to be ok in the intermediate class. Then I’ve learned the basics. I can set up different goals after, an ongoing progression. Compete in a tournament. Learn to do xyz parry/attack whatever. Learn to direct. All that sort of stuff. But I think it’s better if I break it down into smaller steps. 4 years ago
I’m actually going to get my own kit! The coach of the class I’m in pretty much ah…. ordered me to. She strongly prefers pistol grips (as in, she told me to get one, no option.) There’s a regional tournament next month, that I’m hoping to go watch, and there should be vendors there so I can try different grips.
It’s interesting being the least experienced person in my class (I got bopped up from the beginner class, somewhat to my dismay!) but I am learning so much! The coach is pretty good about explaining new stuff to me, and every class starts off with a ton of footwork drills, and then wall practice, etc, so I get to work on the basics. Free fencing makes me extremely nervous, because I have no clue what I’m doing, but well, only really one way to learn… by doing! 4 years ago
I’ve switched fencing schools and I really really like the new one! The footwork drills are very intense-I’m getting quite the work-out. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m definitely sticking with it. I’m going to be getting my own kit soon-so I’ll be able to practice bladework against a wall. My poor walls… I need to make a little cushion to put up somewhere. 4 years ago
Class today was pretty meh for me. I think I’m coming down with a cold, and I just wasn’t feeling very well. However, I am proud that I did go to class, and I’m pleased that my lunges aren’t hurting as much—I think I’m getting a little better at controlling them. Still completely bewildered by circular parries, and sort of annoyed with myself for that. My goal for next time is to work hard but not be hard on myself. 4 years ago
Last week I decided that I really had to let my muscle recuperate so I didn’t lunge for an entire class, and this week has been off because of holidays. As a result, I’m feeling all better and chomping at the bit to get back to it! Next class on Monday, and I can’t wait! For everyone out there who’s thinking of trying fencing… TRY IT! It’s a blast! If I want to continue fencing beyond this 8 week series of classes I will have to get my own equipment, and I’m seriously considering it. I’m enjoying this so much! 4 years ago
Went to fencing class last night, and it was so fun! We learned circular parries in four and six (I’m not really clear on those, I’ll have to practice a lot), worked on footwork, and we actually got to spar a bit. My panicked flailing scored me 5 touches, so I won. Yay. :D I’m loving it—this is so much fun!
I really have to work on control and patience. Sparring is a huge adrenaline rush, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be in control. Also, it will help me protect my poor strained muscle, which is, alas, still strained. 4 years ago
Fencing class on Thursday went well, for the most part. Working on beat attacks and parry-riposte combination in 4. I love the combination and drills—it’s like dancing!
I really need to focus on patience and control. I had thought that I slightly strained a muscle… after yesterday, I know I did! It’s ok though, I just need to focus on not lunging as deeply until I can do it safely. I also need to be more patient when doing the parry-riposte drills and not rush. I’m having a GREAT time though! For all of you out there doing this, or thinking of doing this—I hope it’s going well! 4 years ago
I started a learn to fence class last week at a local fencing school. I’m really excited. It’s hard work, but so far I love it. I’m really lucky-my husband is doing the class with me, and a good friend is a fencer and providing a ton of encouragement. I really need to work on controlling my lunges though… I think I slightly pulled something! 4 years ago