Sword fighting at its finest, ladies and gentlemen! BYU-Idaho style. Actually this version of sword fighting, known as fencing, is quite popular across the world and is held as an Olympic sport. Students here at the fencing class do not compete for glory or personal gratification, but rather do it to learn certain skills to help them as students today and leaders of the future.

“Our goal with having the fencing program here at the school is to give students first, an opportunity to learn how to fence and a good way to exercise and also to help teach leadership,” said David Behrmann, a junior studying plant and wildlife ecology. “We take a lot of the students that come here to the class and run them through our instructor program – help them to learn how to lead the club and teach others.”

Almost any sport has the ability to develop leadership and friendship qualities, but the fencing club here on campus seems to be able to draw a crowd and most importantly keep it. Maybe it has to do with getting a surprisingly good workout, or just hanging out with friends who share similar passions. Whatever the reason, the fencing club will provide.

“I think our students stick around because we have a really close team,” said Matthew Wilwand, a sophomore studying exercise physiology. “Everyone feels pretty close. We have good friendships here.”

This fencing class meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and most Saturdays at 1 p.m. in the Hart auxiliary gym. To sign up and for more information regarding the BYU-Idaho fencing club, sign up through the BYU-Idaho fencing page on IMleagues.com. They take all levels of skill and experience. Reporting from the Hart, I’m Derek Sutherland, Scroll TV News.