What I Learned at Fencing Class

By | June 18, 2013

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.

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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

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10 thoughts on “What I Learned at Fencing Class

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      It was great fun Sophie! Thanks for connecting. Wendy

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  1. Nicky

    I recently tried hula hoop fitness and I’m having a blast. Like you I discovered I needed to just have fun and play.

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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      I have been in the fitness/health field for almost 20 years and have not heard of hula fitness! Sounds like a fun way to get some exercise. Will have to look into it. Best Regards, Wendy

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  2. Arla DeField - SayingNoWithoutFeelingGuilty.com

    Wow, what a fun article and thought provoking question. I had to sit back and think. At first I got a little panicked to think I had not done anything new and exciting lately, but then I thought for a few minutes more and silly me, I have done some very fun, new and exciting things lately.

    Last Month, I had the opportunity to “Run Away with the Circus” for a weekend. My husband and I jumped on that chance of a lifetime. Had an awesome time camping in our RV between elephants, tigers and horses. We met performers from all over. I even had one of the younger performers, he was probably about 12, reassure me that it was NOT to late for me to create a circus act and take it on the road. He even gave me some suggestions!
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      That sounds like one awesome, fun weekend. Thank you for sharing it with us here. Best Regards, Wendy

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  3. Amanda Thomas

    Ya, can’t forget about having fun! I had a party all weekend to celebrate my sister’s birthday. We went to the beach which we normally don’t do because you have to go down this huge ledge to get there from the house. There is a rope we had to climb down and then back up. I didn’t think I’d make it but it was worth all the hard work to be able to run around in the water.
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Sounds like fun and a real workout to get there. Thanks for sharing your birthday celebration weekend. Best Regards, Wendy

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  4. Jodene

    Fencing….that sounds fun.
    I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that was as fun as your fencing experience…guess it’s been a while. One thing that comes to mind that was new and somewhat fun was learning how to play bunco. My mother and grandmother have been playing 1 Wednesday night a month for something like 20 years now – a lot of the same ladies have been playing for just as long. One day, my mother was hosting the game and had one lady out and was looking for a sub. I knew some of the ladies, and there was going to be snacks and prizes, so I agreed to play just this once. There was a 30 year age difference between myself and the youngest woman there…I didn’t know what to think or what I was really going to be able to talk to them about. I actually had a great time – it was actually fun. I wasn’t expecting to really have a ball, but I dd. 🙂
    It is always good to try something new. Hearing your fencing experience was fun.
    Thanks for sharing Wendy.
    ~ Jodene
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Fencing was a blast! Thanks for connecting. I can totally appreciate how much fun you would have had at cards with you mother’s group. I used to do that with my Aunt. Go and play Euchre with her seniors church group where I was the youngest. Enjoy. Best Regards, Wendy

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