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After a little hiatus from writing I’m back! and excited about my latest adventure….Fencing Lessons! Now when I think of fencing two things come to mind. Stuffy rich people…and of course the Princess Bride’s Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black…which is one of my favorite movies. So of course when one day it so [...]

 

MasteringThe Sword: My Intro Into Fencing Lessons

Posted By Nick K. on June 18th, 2013

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After a little hiatus from writing I’m back! and excited about my latest adventure….Fencing Lessons! Now when I think of fencing two things come to mind. Stuffy rich people…and of course the Princess Bride’s Inigo Montoya and the Man in Black…which is one of my favorite movies.

So of course when one day it so happens that a Living Social deal pops up for fencing lessons…do I need to even say it? I jumped right in. We all know how I profess the use of deal a day sites for adventure. As a side benefit I figured it would be a good argument outlet for my girlfriend and I. She gets angry at me for not cleaning up after a hard day of manly…beastly…rugged….work(may be a slight exaggeration). And what would you do?….why CHALLENGE HER TO A MUTHAF*CKIN duel of course. It is my honor at stake.

So after several weeks of excited anticipation the appointment was scheduled and we arrived at the Atlanta Fencing Club’s training facility. Little did I know they would be having a tournament at the exact same time. So imagine walking  into a room of guys who clearly look like they know what they are doing, dressed in full garb and sword fighting like their life depended on it.  I thought “this is a lesson?!? I’m in pretty good shape, but these guys are gonna stab the hell out of me!” Luckily though, after a quick call to the clubs manager and lead trainer Gene we were escorted to a side room to get our private lesson.

First, let me say this…fencing is a lightning quick sport and if your not use to the motions….don’t feel bad. Every beginner looks like a chump.  That being said after learning the etiquette of fencing, the weapons, and the basics from our wonderful teacher (Gene’s wife Laura), we were pitted against each other in a Battle Royale.

Advancing….lunging…parrying….repost….Lunge! It was awesome.  The final score 6:1… yours truly. I will say this… my girlfriend had way better footwork. While I looked like a drunken ogre tripping around she was dancing like a butterfly. But in the end my superior reflexes and speed won the day. I didn’t have long to bask in my glory before being challenged by Laura (with 20+ years of experience).  Her moves where eloquent and precise….but I did manage to score a few points on her which I’m proud of.  Overall, the experience was totally worth the measly $25 dollars I paid for it and I would highly encourage anyone to partake.  I even suggested it as occasional anger outlet for my relationship with my girlfriend.  I feel like I need to challenge someone to a duel…

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2 Responses to “MasteringThe Sword: My Intro Into Fencing Lessons”

Agness

Wow, that’s something I always wanted to do, but never had a chance to do it. Looks like a pretty difficult sport to handle, but you did well. Hope to try it one day :)

Nick K.

It definitely takes some finesse, but was really fun. Check it out! Most big cities have a fencing club.

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