Two Musketeers

Monday, 4 August 2014


En Guarde!  

Fighting Fit Fencing

Fencing made a shift in the 18th century from a form of military defence to a sport of swordsmanship. As part of our aim to try new things, Catherine and I agreed this was the next extreme sport we were going to master, after our rather successful attempts at Bouldering. GroupOn are obviously listening to our thoughts and the next day a voucher for a block of 4 fencing lessons came online!

Fighting Fit Fencing

Fighting Fit Fencing were our North London hosts for the sessions. Experts in training under 16’s to champion level, they offer adult lessons as a way of spreading a love for the sport and also a form of income to keep the youngsters competing.

Lessons start with a lot of stretching to make sure that you don’t get injured when lunging forcefully at your competitor. Our first lesson taught the basics around protective clothing and how to stand “en guarde” which is a killer on the thighs.

Fighting Fit Fencing

The booby protector - looking scared! 
Fighting Fit Fencing

Catherine wrapping up
Fighting Fit Fencing

After our first session of bouting our instructor had to remind us to calm down as everyone was very overexcited and giggling away under their masks! It’s a real adrenaline rush to have someone lunging at you with a sword, especially when you have to fight back rather than run away!
Fighting Fit Fencing

Each week we refined our technique by learning how to attack and trick our opponents to win the match. Fencing is the sport with the most rules so there’s a lot to learn. It’s absolutely exhausting and as you have to wear so much protective clothing you end up being a big sweaty mess under your mask!

Fighting Fit Fencing
Don’t worry about getting stabbed though; the sword (foil) that you use has a rubber tip on the end so it doesn’t actually hurt when you get hit. Although Catherine did have a few sword sized round bruises!

Fighting Fit Fencing
Our photo bombing instructor!

I never thought I’d enjoy fencing but its actually brilliant fun, and a great way to get fit. As the weeks went on we all got a lot more competitive to the point where we’d be arguing over who got the point.

Fighting Fit Fencing
I’d recommend fencing to anyone who loves a bit of competitive sport. Why not go along for a free trial session at Fencing Fit to see if it’s for you. Go on….give it a go…then challenge me to a duel.

Fighting Fit Fencing

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1 comment:

  1. This looks like it would be a LOT of fun! I however am totally too clumsy and uncoordinated for this x

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