This semester, BYU-I is offering fencing instruction to all students from beginners to advanced classes. Instructors Jonathan Rudy, Clark Hawkinson and Jenna Gauthier explain the process of beginning fencing.
“The basics of what they learn is how to stand in fencing, how to move back and forth, how to attack and defend themselves so that when they go into a bout they aren’t just dumped into the shark’s tank,” said Rudy, a sophomore studying computer engineering.
Back then, the fencing style was not up-to-date, and the previous instructor teaching retired. One of the four original students explained to us what she is doing now.
“A group of the students I was one of them said no, we will keep teaching the class just don’t shut it down, we will teach it, we will volunteer to teach it on our own. You get into the intermediate and advanced classes where we go over more strategical concepts that are kind of beyond the basics. Then a lot of our advance class actually does go on to fence in state tournaments,” said Gauthier, the Assistant Manager.
If you are interested in joining fencing, classes are on Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. and Saturday’s from 1-3 p.m.
“You don’t have to do anything special just come in exercise clothes and we have all the equipment so you don’t have to worry about it and it’s free. Bring a date, you can stab her and it will be fun,” said Hawkinson, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering.
Reporting from the Hart building, I’m Ariana Cedillo with Scroll TV news.