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By Cdt Joe Field - 148 (Barnsley) Squadron
On the 11th of December, Cadets of 148 (Barnsley) Squadron tried their hand at fencing. It was for many including myself the first time they had tried the sport, but we adapted quickly thanks to the skilled and helpful instructors.
After introducing themselves, the instructors began by showing us the three types of fencing sword: the foil, the `ep`ee, and the sabre.
After warming up, we learned the commands and their positions such as: ‘en garde’ and ‘allez’ before moving on to attacking moves like thrusts and lunges for example. At the end pf the evening we used these moves when we had 1 on 1 bouts. For these we also used all the appropriate etiquette against each other in a competition style, which we had learned. Everyone was surprised to learn that they had picked up some new skills and had a great time doing it.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience as fencing is not something we get the opportunity to do every day. We are all looking forward to our next session!
Thanks the instructors that gave up their time to come and train us!
For more information please visit the Squadron website