>Is there a FAQ for this group? Failing that, what is the net.wisdom
>for someone taking up the sport (things to watch out for, bad habits to
Well, I'm working on possible formats for an FAQ which will keep everyone happy,
this is a new group, and I just have the barest feel for the way things will
go. Look for an FAQ, a first edition only, sometime next month.
I'm sure you'll get replies from fencers near your neighbourhood about clubs,
salles you can join, etc. All I can tell you stems from my meagre one-year
experience with fencing is:
] Fencing is hard work, and takes a very different set of muscles than any
other sport. ( Sometimes I feel that all this cross-training stuff on the net
is moot, since the only *good* training for fencing is fencing, so to speak )
] Concentrate on building good form before trying out for speed, etc. Bad form
directly translates to injuries, specially ankle, knee and hamstring injuries.
Nothing like a good 15 min stretch to reduce the likelihood of that.
] Blade breaking is the other possible source of injury, but IMHO, quite
overrated. Good equipment, and clean fencing habits should take care of that.
Everything else you'll pick up along the way. And if you've never fenced before,
welcome to the world of fencing.....(again I wax emotional :-) )