Sworded!


JennyLee Fencing

Originally uploaded by Jenny Lee Silver.

I started taking some historical fencing classes back in March at Academie Duello. This historical fencing studio has everything from learning the art of stabinating people with a pointed stick (okay, it’s really a rapier with a bit of rubber on the end so as not to stabinate people for real,) to classes on self-defense with an umbrella. How much more useful a self-defense class can you get in Vancouver, I ask you?

I thought, before I started these classes, that fencing would be a challenge for me, someone who has never been involved in a martial art in her life. As it turns out, the teachers were great and I learned pretty quickly before I had a few health problems and had to take some time off.

As an alternate style of workout for those who get bored with going to the gym or who would like to learn something rather than just do the same old exercises over and over, I would highly recommend joining a fencing class. The workout is a great one – I have rarely felt so well exercised as I did after classes. Or so sore the next day. In a good way.

At any rate, I’m nearly well enough to start going back, because I plan to be prepared when the zombies arise

3 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 12:14 am

    Holy moly. That “Zombies” flash animation was hilarious. I especially liked “swords don’t run out of bullets.”

    So is IFC’s recent playing of Blood: The Last Vampire a subtle product placement for swordplay?


  2. Rachael Ashe (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    I always use swords for fighting zombies, exactly because they don’t run out of bullets. ;)


  3. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    Ah, those shambling corpses are no big threat. What are you going to do when you come face to face with a horde of zombie ninjas?

    I’m just saying. I mean, I probably wouldn’t be able to fight off zombie ninjas, either. But maybe, with a really BIG sword, you could take out a few with one swipe to even up the odds…

    Anyway, good luck with your class, but take it easy. I injured myself in a kickboxing class two years back and I still wear an ankle brace.

    Play safe out there.



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