I was going to write a post about how I took this fencing class at Westside Fencing Center and how it was pretty fun, except that my instructor, a former French Olympic team member, spoke little English and it was kinda hard to understand him, which is important when your noggin is encased in a smelly metal cage and someone’s lunging at you with a semi-sharp and pointy implement.
Um, that didn’t come out the way I meant it.
Anyway, as it turns out, the Westside Fencing Center lost its lease at the Helms Bakery, and as far as I can tell, shut up shop, so I couldn’t really recommend it to blogging.la readers. Still, if you want to learn how to fence, I guess you could try the Los Angeles Fencing Center. It features classes using the sabre. In sabre fencing, you can whack people in the head, which is off limits in foil fencing.
Be warned, however: If you just want to wale at someone with a sword (fair enough, really), fencing is probably not for you. You and your opponent have to take turns waling on each other with swords, and you can be penalized if you attack out of turn. When you’re starting out, it’s kind of hard to remember who has the right of way. Plus, it’s murder on the quads. But it’s something to do. In Los Angeles. And that’s what counts. I think it’s going to be the new knitting!