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Parrying and Feinting: Fencing at BYU-Idaho

Although you may have only seen it in movies, there’s a gro of students here on campus who meet in the Hart auxiliary gym twice a week to learn how to fence and put those skills to the test.

“Fencing is a two person combat sport,” says Merrin Hendrickson, the RecSports fencing team manager. “It pairs one opponent against another. Basically you’re trying to hit your opponent before they hit you and block as many attacks as possible. It’s a very, very physical game, but it’s also extremely mental.”

Fencing has its origins with the invention of the short sword. Originally, it was practice for combat, but as rules were invented, it eventually became its very own sport.

“What I enjoy most is kinda the physical development that I see with myself,” says Reed Ross, a sophomore studying political science. “Since starting to do fencing, my muscle memory is a lot better, my reflexes are a lot faster, much better sense of balance, and, I guess it’s kinda corny to say like a ser hero movie, my senses get a lot better.

Each class features a different set of warm-s, teachers who instruct you on how to use new moves, and then you get the chance to apply those moves in a fencing match.

“Come on by,” says Tyler Hendrickson, the fencing team captain. “It’s lots of fun. We have a beginner class every time we meet. So every time you come, you will be fencing with people who are at the same skill level as you – people who have never done it before. We provide all of the equipment, we teach you all the basics. Everything you need to know is here. You just show in clothes you don’t mind sweating a little bit in, and you will learn and you will have fun.”

If you are interested in learning more about fencing, the class meets every Tuesday from 7-9PM, and every Saturday from 1PM-3PM in the Hart auxiliary gym.

This is Bryce Prince; reporting from the Hart building, Scroll Digital.

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