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Weird Sports I Have Tried

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About a year ago my older son, then 7, started taking fencing lessons (out of a combination of the need for a winter sport for a really active kid who wouldn't do basketball, finding a studio right by our house, and the feeling that since my two boys continually wack each other over the head anyway, they might as well do it with protective clothing and constructive coaching). Anyway--he loves it, is obsessed with it, etc.--and it has been really good for him.

So, when my friend D., whose son also fences, signed up for the adult class this month, my son pressured me into signing up too.

And I have to say that it was really fun--even though (or maybe because) I usually had to practice, not with my friend D., who is the same age and height as me, but with the only other lefty in the class--a guy who was a good foot taller than me and probably at least 15 years younger ("c'mon," the teacher kept saying--"so he's younger and taller and faster--you can use that against him!" Yeah, right) It's a sport about concentration and body awareness/ positioning, which I always like--with the added adrenaline rush of trying to wack somebody, which is, as my sons have been demonstrating for years, surprisingly satisfying.

I'm not sure I'm going to do more of it-it's definitely not going to replace Ashtanga yoga, my exercise of choice--and wearing the big helmet as a little claustrophobic. But I'm so glad I tried it.

Plus, I now have a mental image of me--me--actually going after someone with a three-foot steel sword. Which cracks me up!

  • Confession?

    I was a competitive fencer from the ages of about 7 - 14. I still have my foil, and sometimes I take it out and wave it around. I took fencing my freshman year of college and kicked everyone's ass, and briefly considered taking it up again, but couldn't afford the membership at the city academy. Plus all my friends made mad fun of me.

    But in featherduster fights, I am CHAMPION.

    En guard!
    • You? Are a woman of a thousand, unexpected talents

      I think my son is going to start competing--so it's good to know you lived to tell the tale! I hope people don't make fun of him too much...

      You could always take it up again, too. The club near our house has lots of adult open fencing times.
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