Like most people, Fencing is one of those sports that I never really considered actually doing, but always found oddly appealing at the Olympics. How much skill really was there in it? Do you really need to be that fit to do it? How many times can you say ‘on-guard‘ before it gets old? *Spoiler Alert* it never gets old!
Of course, the answers were made very clear as soon as we started, and I hopelessly wiggled my sword (epee) and repeatedly heard my buzzer go off (that means I’ve been hit). This is not something I will be challenging anyone to a duel with, but something I will remember for a very very long time.
Enjoyment wise, this is one of the best days of GoSweat365, without any doubt. Why? I guess a mixture of intrigue and world class (literally) coaching by Oana Puiu.
Following a warm up and coaching of how to step in attack and defence, it was on with the kit. Now we aren’t talking a bit of spare kit patched together, this club has a huge selection that really does make you feel like James Bond in Die Another Day. Fortunately, there were no precious ornaments or statues to be brutally destroyed.
Being hooked up to an electric buzzer brought back memories of EMS, but this time there was no currents running through me, just a buzz when the end of the epee (Sword) made contact with my duelling partners suit.
By the end of the session, which came around far too quickly, I was seriously sweaty and having held a half squat for the best part of two hours, starting to see the intensity this sport demands. I certainly do not have the prowess or tactful ability to ever be good at Fencing, but it was such great fun and one that I cannot recommend highly enough.