October  11th.  2011
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En garde! Thrust, parry, foil and so forth…

posted 3 years ago

So I decided to try out fencing. I wasn’t sure I’d like it but I was willing to at least explore it.  

I learnt a few basic steps and rules, including safety.  My instructor told me that a really good fencer could be judged by the beauty of their form and movement.  That may be something fencing and dancing have in common, because isn’t that a big element of the latter as well?  His advice of “you’ve got to know when to advance, when to retreat and when to trick them” seems rather zen and probably applicable to both life and war. It’s a pretty good workout, especially for your legs. 

Oh, I almost forgot, I met this young man, who has been attending this class for a while and he sparred with me and shared his knowledge.  He was very helpful and did an excellent job of teaching me.  Something about him reminded me of the character Manny from “Modern Family”, if I didn’t know any better I’d swear I ‘d met the real-life version of him.  Oh, you’ll never guess what this kid’s name is.  Wild guess, anyone?  If you guessed Manny, you’re right! 

Sorry, don’t have any prizes to give out for the right answer yet.  Although, when I’m in the money, that will probably be an option.

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