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…