Fencing Basics: A Great Overview by Olympian Mariel Zagunis

June 5, 2010

FENCING BASICS: A wonderful overview of everything from the equipment and environment of fencing to a breakdown of the rules and techniques from two-time Olympic Gold Medalist (2004/2008) Mariel Zagunis.

Many of you have been curious about fencing, but find it overwhelming. Some of you have even been so brave to try it! Bravo! I’ve fallen in love with it, and occasionally put some of these videos up to help those of you who are curious to understand the sport better.

I agree, it is a complicated sport. Imagine jumping in as a newbie at the National level of competition! Even completely immersed and supported by my wonderfully empathetic teammates, I was lost for the first year. One of the major barriers to the sport is a lack of information afforded to the interested adult participant or spectator.

Most competitive fencers start fencing between 8-14 years of age. Learning is layered over time. The opportunity to advance the sport is really in the 26-45 age group. Adults learn differently than kids, but most fencing clubs (and arguably the fencing community, as a whole) remain kid-centric.

Enjoy!

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