Nearly everything I know about fencing, I learned personally from Darth Vader.


This is true. The grandfather of one of the kids in my Boy Scout troop was a guy named Bob Anderson. Bob was an olympic class fencer, and from time to time would come down to the school gym on thursday nights with his barrel of foils and try and teach us all something about fencing. He apparently played Darth Vader in the lightsabre duels, and was also a swordmaster on the crew of Highlander. He knew more about the art than I could ever hope to know.

I wish I had learned more from this guy. I just remember a really tall english accent guy with a lot of cool swords with buttons on the end.

Perhaps sometime I will finally get over my aversion to the mythical SCA snootiness and get back into learning to fence.

From: [identity profile] rbowspryte.livejournal.com


The SCA aren't all snooty. Evenetually you get over some of the geeky insecurities and such and get to the heart of the person.

Baked goods and kind words help.

From: [identity profile] j-v-lynch.livejournal.com


My other fencing group, Ottawa Classical Swordplay does a 6ish week intro to the rapier for $50. There should be one starting up mid may.
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