The backs of my thighs burned after just one afternoon of fencing lessons. I came to the conclusion that I need to build up my leg muscles if I’m going to be any good at it. It’s also very hard on my knees, which is worrisome. 3 months ago
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How I did it: I took two semesters of Fencing (Sabre) at the local community college. It is a really fun sport, but NOT for people wanting to learn actual "swordplay." I know many people (my coach included) who think that Modern Fencing is equal to or (more often than not) superior to Pre-Baroque Fencing. Modern Fencing is actually a sport derived from bits and pieces of 18th century smallsword swordplay (including epee and large portions of sabre), not a legitimate martial art in it's own right. It's merely a shadow of the golden age of European swordplay. That aside, it's a great form of exercise and entertainment you're not concerned about self-defense.
I don't mean to put anyone off, but most people think that fencing is the same as historical swordsmanship. I'm just trying to dispel that misconception. If you have the opportunity to try it, go for it! I doubt you will be disappointed. :)
(Photo is of fencers at my college) Read how I did it… 3 years ago
Finally i realized that fencing was something I kind of thought I should want to do. It is not something I am really keen to do right now, it takes lots of effort to go to each session and there is little of this – oh yeah, it’s fencing day again. 3 years ago