BYU-Idaho offers a variety of extracurricular activities for students, one of them being fencing. The students involved spend a couple hours of their Saturday in the John W. Hart Building practicing techniques and chatting with their fellow fencers.
“I’ve always been interested in swordplay,” said Wilferd Buechter, a sophomore studying biology. “And I was in the first aid group meeting where everything was showed. I saw they had fencing here, and I thought I wanted to give it a shot because it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.”
For a couple of fencers, it started out as an accident but ended up as a blessing.
“I actually got lost,” Said Shannon Kong, a senior studying biology. “I was trying to find taekwondo, and I ended up here. I’ve been here since I started college, and I ended up meeting my husband.”
The fencers all have various reasons why they enjoy fencing and why they find fencing to be out of the ordinary when it comes to sports.
“It’s like a chess match,” said Cole Edwards a freshman studying history. “Like any sport, you have to read the person and outdo them, which is fun.”
“Well, it’s physically demanding — takes some finesse, which I’m still working on,” said Buechter. “It’s just something not everyone says they do. It’s just like, ‘oh, I’m in fencing club.'”
BYU-I’s fencing club meets every Saturday 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hart Building east gym and is always looking for curious, new people to come try their unique sport.