After successfully negotiating my horse ‘Buddy’ over a minor fence today at Hewshott Farm Stables, I am now able to say that I’ve completed every discipline of the Modern Pentathlon and in doing soon, I have displayed the ultimate test of fitness, courage and skill. (quote: pentathlongb)
Yesterday I completed the 6th of my Olympic challenges – Fencing. I signed up for a 4 hour intensive course with Fighting Fit Fencing (http://www.fightingfitfencing.com) that I found through Groupon. There was 12 of us in the group, all complete beginners.
We started by learning the basic rules of fencing, before moving onto footwork and some of the introductory techniques. It soon became obvious that my lack of flexibility was going to be a hindrance. To my surprise we were kitted up and using the ‘foil’ within the first couple of hours. Despite the foils having rubbers on the end it’s a strange feeling launching a sword towards your support.
I soon got into the swing of things and we introduced the ‘parry’ and ‘riposte’ to our fencing bouts. Next up was the electric jacket and foil. Things were about to get a little bit more serious and definitely more competitive. We were split into two teams of 6 and given a number, which was used to determine our opponent. I was number 5 and my team had pretty much given us an unassailable lead by the time I was up. Nevertheless, my competitive nature took over and I was determined to win my individual bout – despite not really understanding what was going on. I went on to win 5-4, probably with more luck than judgement and overall we took the home the contest 21 points to 10.
I really enjoyed the 4 hours and have signed up for a 3 month membership starting in October, so look out for more Fencing posts and updates on my progress.