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First fencing lesson

About 25 of us showed up last night for the "Fundamentals of Fencing" class at Boston Fencing Club. At 52, I was probably the oldest person there which I am beginning to accept as normal but not easily. Most people were much younger, early 20s to 30s, about 2/3rds men, running the gamut from fit to "may not make it out alive." Our instructor is Syd Fadner, who is also the Director of the Academy and the fencing coach at Boston College.

The class was a balance of discussion and activity. In discussion, we covered the sport of fencing, the three weapons, the parts of the foil, and why we were taking the course. Activities included the basic positions, advance, retreat, and lunge. We paired off for a little distance work that showed just how HARD it is to retreat and maintain distance. Alex was watching from the sidelines and afterwards he told me that I wasn't the worst one out there--hugely appreciated the faint praise! Or should I say feint praise?

Met some really nice people and plan to go back on Saturday for another class. Can't quite grasp that I've started a sport but it will sink it vividly next time I bend over to pick up something from the floor. :)


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Sep. 8th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Sounds great! I am sure you have benefited from watching Alex immensely--I bet he is particularly demanding judge. Will you accept his tutoring at home? That might be interesting mother-son dynamics.

Can't wait to hear how Saturday's lesson goes!

Sep. 13th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
Great new pic!
I love it! Did you find this one the web, or did Alex take this photo? Now I can picture you even better in my mind's eye!
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