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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 06:18 pm
Topic of the Week -- FENCING

FENCING

How many of you have ever tried or participated in sport fencing?  Did you ever have any questions about it and never had a chance to ask?  How often do you see it on TV or in the movies?  Would you ever like to learn how to do it?  What is your favorite book/movie in which swordplay plays an integral part?  What do you think of when you hear the term "Fencing"?  (Please, no jokes about stolen goods or property demarcation!)

Any thoughts?  Since we got our fill of debate last week on librarygal's LJ, I thought I would turn to a non-controversial topic and talk about something that appeals to me.  As always, I expect people to be courteous and encourage divergent views.  Though if this becomes majorly confrontational, no one will be more surprised than me!

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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Jul. 19th, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
spk1121's thoughts

In case you're wondering, I started fencing at Ball State in Sept 1995. Although it's funny because I remember the first time I ever thought about it was when I was still at Ridgewood High School in NJ. Don't ask me how they got this combination, but one class that upperclassmen could sign up for was "Golf/Fencing"! I remember thinking I didn't care too much about golf, but that the fencing would be cool. We ended up moving to Indiana before I had the chance to take it, but then I saw the club's booth at the BSU Activites Fair and hopped right in! Met sephina that semester, so that's a nice little shared memory.

When I graduated from BSU in 1999, I moved back to Ft Wayne and joined the Summit City Fencing Club. It was an interesting situation because I had literally been to two practices before IPFW implemented its new policy of having ONLY student organizations in the rec center. JL ended up getting in touch with the Ft Wayne Parks & Rec Dept, so we started teaching classes at the Community Center downtown. It was cool because we met BJ in that very first class and he ended becoming a big part of the program for a couple years. The three of us soon became a team, which I think JL really appreciated because it wasn't ALL on his shoulders for the first time in years. I feel a little bad now because BJ lost his job and returned to school, then I moved down to Indy shortly thereafter! TH is around to help out, but I can tell JL misses us sometimes. Oh, well. Anyway, it was cool to be an integral part of that organization and get some things accomplished, like starting up the website at www.summitcityfencing.org and hosting tournaments.

Haven't been as faithful a member of the Indy Fencing Club, but I go when I can. Now that school is slowing down and I am trying to get back in shape, I hope to be more regular in the weeks (and maybe months) to come. Check out www.indyfencing.com if you want to know more!

What do you think of when you hear the term "Fencing"?
Hey, I do that! ;)

What is your favorite book/movie in which swordplay plays an integral part?
Ooh, this is tough. I enjoyed "The Musketeer" with its Matrix-inspired moves. "The Phantom Menace" sucked, with the exception of that very cool duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi & Qui-Gon Ginn vs Darth Maul. "The Princess Bride" is probably my favorite, when Wesley goes, "I'm not left-handed either!" Classic.


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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
Re: spk1121's thoughts

How many of you have ever tried or participated in sport fencing?
I have never tried fencing.

Did you ever have any questions about it and never had a chance to ask?
I don't think so.

How often do you see it on TV or in the movies?
Occasionally. I think the most recent was in the last James Bond film.

Would you ever like to learn how to do it?
There are other things I'd rather pursue, but fencing wouldn't be at the bottom of my list or anything.

What is your favorite book/movie in which swordplay plays an integral part?
I don't know exactly how to define "integral," but I do like Princess Bride, Mask of Zorro and I believe there was some swordplay in the recent Count of Monte Cristo.

What do you think of when you hear the term "Fencing"
I guess it don't get what it means. There's a question about fencing that I need answered: Why is it called fencing?


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innerslytherin
innerslytherin
Left in a basket on the steps of the FBI
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)

I've never tried fencing. It looks like it takes a lot of coordination and quickness. I like watching people fence, but as far as participating myself, I would much rather learn how to bash people with a two-handed bastard sword.

Which reminds me, I really need to post a picture of my sword. My useless sword that I don't know how to use, but is very beautiful. Just having it in my room makes my room smell good (the grip is leather-wrapped).


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librarygal
librarygal
Ruth
Tue, Jul. 20th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)

What is your favorite book/movie in which swordplay plays an integral part?
LOTR (and I got to watch a swordplay scene being choreographed and practiced when I was in the Scarlet Pimpernel)

What do you think of when you hear the term "Fencing"
spk1121 and hiking boy can fence and spk1121 has a weird icon on his LJ because of it.


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