What I Learned at Fencing Class
I took my first fencing class this past weekend. Now it was a very basic class and it was a lot of fun. What did I expect in participating in the fencing class? I expected lots of fencing! You know the stuff you see on Robin Hood, Zorro or Three Musketeers. LOL! I really did.
Yet, our instructor spent a good amount of time giving us some history of the fencing (she was a Russian World Champion and she came from a long line of World Champions), the different kinds of swords used and why. Not very exciting for a fencing class and in hindsight there was value in hearing it before we began. Finally, we got to hold plastic swords and begin to learn the basics. How to hold the sword, how to move forward and backward, how to attack and how we score.
Was it as exciting as watching Catherine Zeta Jones in Zorro? No, almost though! What was surprising was how challenging it was once we started to do the fencing for points. We had short matches of three points for a winner and at the end of the twenty minutes; I could tell I had done a new sport. It was tiring, very hot and yet exciting to know I had accomplished this new activity so quickly. That was the fun part. There was also the learning that comes with a new activity.
The biggest thing I learned at my fencing class is how important it is to have fun and play! It was great to be able to try fencing because it was on my “try new things” list, get points, and laugh at how clumsy I was because it was a new activity. It was fantastic to stretch the learning muscle. I have played sports my entire life yet in this class, it was a completely new experience. That in itself was fun.
When was the last time you did something new and had fun at it just as I had fun at fencing class? It would be great to hear your experiences of having fun/playing at something new in the comments area.
“Let today be your day!” Talk soon