Thursday, January 8, 2009


Fencing: An olympic sport which is based off of swordfighting. 

Before 1st lesson:

I'm so excited!!! I start fencing lessons at the South Bellevue Community Center tonight!!! I've wanted to do this for so long. Watching Fencing in the Olympics really fueled my entusiasm (I don't usually use that kind of phrase.). And reading ton's of fantasy books really helped. Plus, if anyone has seen The Princess Bride, they'll know how that played into it. I can't wait. I am so jumpy that I decided to use a homework pass on one of my assignments. I wouldn't be able to finish more than 1 assignment because I'm so jumpy. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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There. That got rid of some of my jumpyness. Sorta. I'll post about my lesson after it happens.

By the way, I've gotten a lot of work done on my story in the last few days.

Like Bettina, I'm having trouble ending a post.

Awww... My cat looks so tiny curled up in a ball.

Ok. I'm done.

After 1st lesson:

It was really fun! I loved it. First, we started by learning the footwork: Engard, Advance, and Reverse. Then, we got a sword and learned how to hold it correctly. (The type of fencing we're learning is Epee, which is the French word for sword.) We also learned how to do the footwork while holding the sword, and how to do the basic attack: the Lunge. It was actually very tiring. Not only was the sword heavy, but holding the same bent-knees position for so long while moving hurts. I can't wait for my lesson next week.


Q said...

Fencing is one of those things that looks cool and that I've always had a hankering to do.

Archery is fun, too.

Magenta said...

Man, you're lucky. I'd love to learn fencing myself. It seems like loads of fun, it gives you good exercise and it trains you to defend yourself in a way while no one gets hurt!

Thanks for mentioning me. It makes me feel good when some one other than me writes my name. ^,^

Anna said...

Fencing sounds awesome! I'm about to finish the Princess Bride book, which has even more fencing stuff in it than the movie. I'm getting a Calvin and Hobbes book. :D

J.N. Future Author said...

I took fencing a LOOOONG time ago...when i was like 7. but i only took it for about 3 months....

man it was fun.....

^.^ you had better have fun too!

Brian said...

Q- I've done archery too. My aim sucked though.
Bettina- No problem. It was a good workout, but it doesn't really help with self defense. Unless you have an épée with you.
Anna- Does the book really have more sword fighting? I ought to read it sometime. Calvin and Hobbes rocks.
Jacoby- It was really fun. 7? Really?

Anna said...

Well, it doesn't have really more sword fights, it just has more STUFF about fencing. A few details about how Inigo learned, more details during the great sword fight on top of the cliffs of insanity....just more details.

Q said...

The way they told me to aim didn't work for me, so I made my own way. I just had to aim about four feet to the right of where I actually wanted to hit. I have no clue why, but it worked!

LouMac said...

I think it would be cool to learn how to fence. good luck. You'll have to teach me sometime. : )