Friday, February 15, 2013

En Garde

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Waaaay back in August I wanted to try a bunch of different fitness classes, and really, I only got to hot yoga. One of my (cliche) New Year's resolutions is to get more active, and coincidentally J got me fencing lessons for Christmas.

I've been doing it for a month, I really enjoy it! It's one day a week, but I wish I could go more often. It's not much of a full body workout, but there is a lot of lunging involved and holding your arms in certain positions.

I'm in a class of approximately 12 people, and after a few weeks of learning the right steps, stance, positions and some movements, last week we started sparring with each other. I have to admit I was a bit timid. Part of it was because I was afraid of hurting my opponent! If my video gaming is any indication, I hack and slash like a barbarian. Part of it was also that I wanted to practice more and get the moves right before trying to fight. I guess it's the perfectionist in me, but I was frustrated that both of us were just kind of waving our foils at each other and not really using proper moves. Then there are some people who are really... excited, and jump around swinging and poking like a crazy person. I guess I'll just have to go with it!

When learning something new, I'm the kind of person who likes to be very one-on-one with an instructor and fully understand concepts. I guess that's why I liked having a personal trainer so much when I used to have a gym membership, and part of the reason I liked doing hot yoga with a big mirror in front. It was very important to me to focus on the right form, rather than trying to bend back the furthest, hold something the longest, or get the most "touches" (points in fencing) Quality over quantity I guess.

Last week was also the first class we got to wear the jackets, which was exciting to me from a fashion standpoint. I've always loved the fencing jacket silhouette, of course the masks are super cool, and lately I've been obsessed with white head-to-toe (even though I don't own enough white to wear head-to-toe!). I have a bit of an armor fetish as well, so naturally I couldn't wait to put one on.

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Of course, inspiration from fencing, especially the "Plastron", an half-jacket that is worn under the fencing jacket to protect the sword arm, can be seen in one of my favourite collections from Ann Demeulemeester, Spring 2011.

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The beginners class will go on for about 6 more weeks, so I will keep you updated if you're interested. I can tell this might be something I will want to continue long-term.

7 comments:

Prêt à Porter P said...

that is awesome!

coffeestainedcashmere said...

I have always wanted to learn to fence! It's a serious dream of mine that I hope to accomplish sometime soon. I too have admired the silhouette of the fencing uniform, the all white, how some are quilted! It's quite beautiful. Glad to hear you are enjoying it!

karinalane said...

I fenced in high school! It was great, I miss it. There's this one awesome move where you crouch down and stick the foil out when your opponent is advancing on you and they step right into the point!

karinalane said...

I fenced in high school and had such a good time! It takes a while for good technique to trump pure aggression in your opponents, but eventually you will have the upper hand. I hope they are having you judge bouts as you learn, it really helps to figure out what is going on since everything happens so fast and it can be confusing. I'm glad you like it!

odysseyhome.com said...

I've wanted to try fencing since I can remember - admittedly, partly because of the attire. ;)

Marcela Machado Vanègue said...

So funny ! Living in Vancouver i was very interested in medieval classes( I like since i am 15), so when I was just leaving Vancouver, i discovered duello. I was kind of sad! Then I moved to seattle and nothing there was close. NOw That I am in New York I discovered I have a fencing school very close. I think is a great opportunity!

melissa said...

My first time in your blog, beautiful content x
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