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Anybody here ever competed in fencing?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Rusty Shackleford, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I've signed up for a fencing class; begins tonight. I've never played it, covered it, or really watched it except for brief clips I've seen during the Olympics and in movies. I honestly have no idea how it's scored, what the rules are, or how you win. It looks fun, though, and I like to learn new sports, so I thought I'd give it a fling.

    Any advice here?
  2. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Don't mention to anyone in the class that you've never "played" it before.
  3. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I competed a bit in high school (nothing high level, just a club sport) and loved it. Key is to keep the tip of your foil pointed at your target and move the bell to parry your opponent's thrust. Or something like that. High school was a long time ago.
  4. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Just fantasy fencing.
  5. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Nobody gives a shit about your fantasy team.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Sure, I've competed in fencing. I try to find the best prices for the items that I've stol ....

    .... Oh, THAT FENCING!
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Finished the first class earlier tonight. I had fun. It wasn't what I expected. I don't really know what I expected, but this wasn't it. It was mostly footwork drills - I get it; it would be like taking a first-timers basketball class and the first thing you practice is bouncing the ball up and down. In fencing, I guess footwork, and learning how to move forward and backward quickly is the most basic piece. It was fun though. I look forward to the next class.

    Hopefully I next week we get to stab some shit!
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    They use shit for practice?
  10. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Curious - why'd you start? It sounds like a weird thing to just do.
    I am a little jealous though.
  11. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Good luck with it.
    I took curling lessons years ago. Mainly because you can curl with a beer in your hand.
    I broke my thumb the first time out.
    So, moral of the story? Don't drink and fence and you'll be golden!
  12. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    I do some verbal jousting every now and then.
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