fencing info requested

fencing info requested

Post by Donna Lee Harr » Mon, 09 Jan 1995 06:55:17


I am really curious about learning how to fence.  I am 17 years old and
have had absolutely no experience in fencing at all (besides fighting my
friends with sticks when I was younger :)).  I am curious if there are
any schools around the Fair Oaks area (a suburb of Sacramento).  I can't
seem to find any information at all about the sport!  I can't even find a
book on it in my public library :)!  Anyhow what are the physical
requirements of the sport?  I currently play varsity basketball for my
school only (played one year of water polo.. didn't like it much).. would
I need to get in much better shape to start it up?  It looks like one of
those sports that's easy to learn, but gets hard real fast.. dunno..
anyhow I'm just looking for some more info.  Thanks in advance.

-Chris

 
 
 

fencing info requested

Post by Ken Witmy » Mon, 09 Jan 1995 14:23:38


Quote:
>...I can't
>seem to find any information at all about the sport!  I can't even find a
>book on it in my public library :)!  Anyhow what are the physical
>requirements of the sport?  I currently play varsity basketball for my
>school only (played one year of water polo.. didn't like it much).. would
>I need to get in much better shape to start it up?  It looks like one of
>those sports that's easy to learn, but gets hard real fast.. dunno..
>anyhow I'm just looking for some more info.  Thanks in advance.

>-Chris

I can't help you out with schools in the sacramento area, but I can help with
the rest.  Books on fencing are a bit hard to find.  Or at least that's the
experience I've had.  The library in my home town has two and my college
doesn't have too many more.  Fencing, at least to me, seems to be the great
unknownort, you won't find newspaper articles, books, movies etc...  But,
that's not your problem really.  The only physical requirements are that you
are in shape really.  Nothing special, you don't have to run a decathalon in
order to fence, you don't have to be Mr. Endurance and so on.  It helps, but
it's not NEEDED.  I'm assuming that since you played varsity basketball you're
in shape, if you could do that you can fence.  Also, correct me if I'm wrong,
you are probably tall again, since you played basketball.  Tall means a better
reach so that should help you.  Tall also can have some drawbacks, but those
can be overcome with time and patience.  It's not a hard sport to learn, it
takes time and patience, lots of patience, but soon enough you'll be out on the
strip fencing up a storm.  I've heard estimates that it takes 2 to 3 years to
become competative, but I don't agree with that at all.  If you have a good
teacher, or natural ability or even both, you should be able to compete in 6 to
12 months.  Granted, you probably won't bring home a medal, but it's a good
experience.  But that's getting off the track.  To sum up, it's a very media
UNintensive sport, you need to be in shape, but not superman, it's not real
hard to learn, probably harder than basketball, but no different from any other
martial art, but it's fun!  Oh yeah, not to discourage you, but it can get a
bit expensive, you have to buy blades and jackets and lames and masks and
gloves and knickers and electric blades and plastrons and so on and so on.  Not
to mention the monthly costs of lessons.  But, well, it's worth it!!!!  I'd say
go for it, if you don't like it, oh well, no harm done.  If ya still have any
questions, feel free to email me or post again.  Good luck!!!

-Ken Witmyer
IUP Fencing Club

 
 
 

fencing info requested

Post by Russell C Gro » Tue, 10 Jan 1995 05:06:55

Chris,

The Sacramento fencing club meets at Turn Verin Hall on Wednesday
nights.  I don't have any phone numbers but Diane Jurich is the Division
Chair and I think she's listed in the phone book.

Ken


Quote:


>>...I can't
>>seem to find any information at all about the sport!  I can't even find a
>>book on it in my public library :)!  Anyhow what are the physical
>>requirements of the sport?  I currently play varsity basketball for my
>>school only (played one year of water polo.. didn't like it much).. would
>>I need to get in much better shape to start it up?  It looks like one of
>>those sports that's easy to learn, but gets hard real fast.. dunno..
>>anyhow I'm just looking for some more info.  Thanks in advance.

>>-Chris

>I can't help you out with schools in the sacramento area, but I can help with
>the rest.  Books on fencing are a bit hard to find.  Or at least that's the
>experience I've had.  The library in my home town has two and my college
>doesn't have too many more.  Fencing, at least to me, seems to be the great
>unknownort, you won't find newspaper articles, books, movies etc...  But,
>that's not your problem really.  The only physical requirements are that you
>are in shape really.  Nothing special, you don't have to run a decathalon in
>order to fence, you don't have to be Mr. Endurance and so on.  It helps, but
>it's not NEEDED.  I'm assuming that since you played varsity basketball you're
>in shape, if you could do that you can fence.  Also, correct me if I'm wrong,
>you are probably tall again, since you played basketball.  Tall means a better
>reach so that should help you.  Tall also can have some drawbacks, but those
>can be overcome with time and patience.  It's not a hard sport to learn, it
>takes time and patience, lots of patience, but soon enough you'll be out on the
>strip fencing up a storm.  I've heard estimates that it takes 2 to 3 years to
>become competative, but I don't agree with that at all.  If you have a good
>teacher, or natural ability or even both, you should be able to compete in 6 to
>12 months.  Granted, you probably won't bring home a medal, but it's a good
>experience.  But that's getting off the track.  To sum up, it's a very media
>UNintensive sport, you need to be in shape, but not superman, it's not real
>hard to learn, probably harder than basketball, but no different from any other
>martial art, but it's fun!  Oh yeah, not to discourage you, but it can get a
>bit expensive, you have to buy blades and jackets and lames and masks and
>gloves and knickers and electric blades and plastrons and so on and so on.  Not
>to mention the monthly costs of lessons.  But, well, it's worth it!!!!  I'd say
>go for it, if you don't like it, oh well, no harm done.  If ya still have any
>questions, feel free to email me or post again.  Good luck!!!

>-Ken Witmyer
>IUP Fencing Club

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fencing info requested

Post by DThistle » Thu, 19 Jan 1995 02:10:45

Hello,

The best way to get information is to contact the USFA National office and
request the phone number / address of the local division's secretary.  I
think that your in the Mt. Valley division (you may however be in the
Northern California Division).  The National Office can be reached at
(voice) 719-578-4511.

Their address is:

USFA
One Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO. 80909-5774

Good luck,

Doug Thistlethwaite
San Bernardino Division Chair 1994-95