And in other news… it was my privilege to start off the Spring semester with the Mary Washington Fencing Club, once again. Today was an all-sabre day for me. I fenced sabre with every one I fenced, some more experienced, some less. But that’s what I’m there for. I may not be the best sport fencer these guys will ever go up against, but I have enough skill, athleticism, and experience that it’s worth their while (while not paying for a coach).
I don’t care to be specialized in sport fencing, although I DO love the sport. But I’m a martial artist first and a sport guy second, and that’s the perspective I bring to the club. I’m knowledgeable about both in that I talk about real combat, but also about the sport side of things (how to make sure the judge sees what you need them to see, making sure you do have right of way, etc.).
I fenced at varying degrees of intensity for about an hour straight. Well, I took water breaks. But that’s it. And it was fun.
About an hour before I started bouting, I got in a ten minute LCCJ session with the 24 kg. Five minutes each arm. Slow, methodical run-through. Even so, I put the bell down a little after I hit the three minute–each arm… but only for a few seconds. But they were good reps; I made sure to get a good rack position and hold it, elbow to iliac crest, et al.
So, good stuff. Good training on both ends.