I will start out by saying that, other than the one post I made to this thread at the end, I had no part in this. I am intrigued and gratified to see this kind of interest spring up on its own, though...
Most teachers wouldn’t encourage their students to poke one another with swords, but St. Mary’s Catholic School teacher Alec Dohanich is doing exactly that.
Dohanich is offering an after-school fencing class to the ninth-grade students at the school. He will offer the class to eighth-graders later this spring and is considering having a class open to the public during the summer.
“I took fencing in college and really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d offer the opportunity to our students,” Dohanich said. “So far it’s going over very well. They’ve shown a lot of enthusiasm for it.”
Fencing is an athletic activity that suits the school’s small class size, he said.
St. Mary’s is offering high school-level classes for the first time this year, with plans to add a grade every year until it offers a full pre-K through 12th-grade education.
“I don’t know of any other high schools in this area that offer fencing as an extracurricular activity,” Dohanich said. “It’s something different that allows our students to learn skills that most kids don’t.”
Several of the students said they appreciate the fact that fencing is a sport that relies more on the ability to think on their feet than brute strength.
Valentina Soto said that she was glad for the opportunity to learn the sword-fighting skills.
“It’s something new and fun to do with my friends,” she said. “I’m enjoying it a lot.”
Bryce Arnett said the activity is quite different from his other favorite sport, basketball.
“This is more individualized, rather than being team-oriented, but it’s pretty cool,” Arnett said.
Carmen Viloria said fencing has proven more demanding than she’d anticipated.
“It’s a lot of fun, but it’s much harder than it looks,” Viloria said. “I’m looking forward to getting to the point where we can actually compete against one another.”
Peyton Fontenot likes the fact that fencing plays to his athletic abilities, which are more about speed and coordination than size.
“It’s about skill and how well you can out maneuver your opponents, not about being bigger or stronger than whoever you’re up against,” Fontenot.
Because fencing doesn’t offer much of an advantage based on height and weight, Dohanich said there’s not a problem having boys and girls face each other.
“We have a small group of high school students, so it’s good to find a sport where the boys and girls can compete on an equal basis,” Dohanich said.
The school has enough equipment for 10 students at a time to practice fencing and offers the class twice a week. The number of students who come on any given afternoon varies depending on their other extracurricular activities, but a typical class tends to be about eight or nine students.
“I’d like to see this continue to grow and maybe we’ll eventually be able to find some other high schools in Texas that we could have tournaments with,” Dohanich said.
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Would you or anyone else know of fencing classes or swordmanship classes in Tyler Tx? We have been looking and had no idea of the classes going on at the few schools in our area We have an 8 year old soon to be 9 year old that would LOVE to take lessons and has been on this kick for about 3 years now, we have been sporadically searching, thinking he would outgrow this and move on to something else. We would love to give him the chance to try this sport and see if he really loves it as much as he thinks he will or he will see it is not for him.
Posted: May 03, 2012 9:02 PM CDT Updated: May 17, 2012 9:35 PM CDT
By Ryan Peterson
Ryan and Coleman were challenged by two members of the TJC fencing club. Drew and Owen gave the sports guys a crash course on the art of foil fencing. The first man to five points wins. You have to win by two.
Owen took on Ryan in the first match. Maybe it was beginners luck, but Ryan took an early 3 to 1 lead. Owen quickly tied the match at 3. Owen then took a 6 to 5 lead. Ryan needed 3 straight points to win and he succeeded. It was a big upset as Ryan beat Owen 8 to 6.
Next up, it was Coleman vs Drew. Drew quickly took a 3 to 0 lead. Coleman responded with two points. Drew closed out the match to win 5 to 2.
With each team picking up a win, the two losing players went head to head for a one point sudden death face off. After a long battle, Owen tagged Coleman for the winning point. Drew and Owen won 2 games to 1, but left impressed with the 7 Sports fencing skills.
INmagazine Posted by: Danny Mogle in Live Healthy May 1, 2014 0 535 Views
Writer: DANNY MOGLE // Photographer: SARAH A MILLER
All most of us know about fencing is the over-the-top swashbuckling antics of sword fights we see in the movies.
In the 1940 film “Mark of Zorro,” the masked Zorro and his foe, Capt. Esteban Pasquale, square off in a grandiose battle – fast and furiously clashing blades. In the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, actors Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom engage in sword play that leaves audiences on the edge of their seats.
Entertaining, yes. Thrilling, absolutely. Realistic, not in the least.
Bryn Ralph, who has been practicing and teaching fencing for decades, says if combatants in a match swung their arms around wildly like in the movies, they’d meet defeat in a second. And if combatants would have tried to do that back when people settled disputes with a duel-to-the-death sword fight, they quickly would have met their doom.
In 16th century Europe, cut-and-thrust military swords were the weapon of choice for self-defense and dueling. Later, European noblemen popularized the long and thin rapiers, which emphasized striking with the tip.
By the 18th century, a shorter and lighter rapier encouraged subtlety of defensive action and thrusting attacks. To improve the safety of sword play, a foil with a flexible blade was developed and rules adopted. Most gentlemen received instruction on proper foil fencing.
Today, fencers score points by hitting the tip of the foil on the target area (primarily the trunk) of the opponent before being hit. An “attack” is made by extending the arm with the sword toward the target and then lunging in a quick thrust that forces the opponent to defend.
Opponents rapidly move forward and back in exchanges of attacks and counterattacks.
THRILL OF THE FIGHT
Ralph says fencing is a sport of aggression, evasion and strategy.
“It’s speed and agility. You have to be able to move correctly and know when to step aside, when to lunge and when to step into the target.”
Ralph took up fencing while he was a student at Texas A&M University in the 1950s. Fencing was offered in the military sciences curriculum. He was attracted to the art and technical aspects of fencing and quickly mastered attacking and defense. He competed on Texas A&M’s fencing team and later became a certified instructor. He now teaches fencing as part of the continuing education program at Tyler Junior College.
“My students all tell me, ‘This is something I’ve always wanted to try,’” says Ralph.
Mark Crum, who works with Ralph at Estes, McClure & Associates, an engineering firm in Tyler, is one of Ralph’s students and competitors.
Crum likes the mental challenge of trying to outthink his opponent – to figure out whether the best strategy is to be aggressive or wait and then pounce.
“It’s like a human chess game,” says Crum of a spirited fencing bought.
Adds Ralph, “You have to know the techniques and then ask, ‘What kind of tactics do I need to employ with this particular fencer. …. Is this guy going to do something I’ve never seen before.’” LIFELONG SPORT
The website mycaloriesburned.com praises fencing as a “competitive sport where you need to push yourself to your physical limit to expose the weaknesses of your opponent.”
Fencing for one hour burns 350 to 550 calories, depending on one’s weight and intensity of competition, says the American College of Sports Medicine.
During a fencing match, “first your adrenaline kicks in, second your heart rate goes up and No. 3, you’re going to perspire,” says Ralph.
“But part of the appeal of fencing isn’t the calories burned, but the enjoyment of fencing itself,” notes mycaloriesburned.com. “And it is the competitive nature which will drive you to practice, get better and burn a lot of calories too.”
Ralph, who is 76, says fencing is one of the few sports that people can take part in all their life. Ralph is as competitive and enthusiastic about fencing today as he was in college. “And that’s why I continue to fence.”
Sources: fencing.net, USA Fencing, The British Academy of Fencing
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minaesfanjani: please contact me by MINA_IEEE_E@YAHOO.COM
Jul 22, 2019 0:09:48 GMT -6
minaesfanjani: Hello, I am mina and I am 31 years old ,I am going to go Edinburg Texas until next Month, I was a member of national team of IRAN,please help me for finding a club because I have time there, i wana doing fencing
Jul 22, 2019 0:08:46 GMT -6
schlager7: Bryn Ralph teaches at the junior college/
Mar 10, 2018 10:19:42 GMT -6
Thomas: Does anyone know of any fencing in Tyler, Texas?
Jan 10, 2018 12:45:06 GMT -6
pditty: Hello! Looking for any information on instruction for a child in the Tyler, TX area? Thank you!
Oct 1, 2016 18:42:43 GMT -6
mmezest1997: Hello - moving soon to Texas. My kids participate in fechten here in Germany. They are interested in continuing when we move.
Apr 10, 2016 9:33:24 GMT -6
navyfencer: To finish post started about Art Olsen, He was the originator of the "Silverton Highlands International Fencing Tournament. He will be greatly missed.
May 13, 2015 7:20:54 GMT -6
navyfencer: A sad note to older fencers, Art Olsen of Durango CO passed away in Dec. 2014. He was a friend to all, a classical fencer extrorda
May 13, 2015 7:16:19 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux
May 13, 2015 7:09:57 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux? I fenced with him during our early years in Denver
May 13, 2015 7:07:42 GMT -6
greekfire: Gyroscope balls? Who carries them?
Mar 19, 2014 6:26:24 GMT -6
bobb121: Has anyone used one of those Gyroscope balls before
Mar 18, 2014 10:41:58 GMT -6
joevisconti: What are you asking, torque?
Feb 19, 2014 7:35:44 GMT -6
torque: hey i heard about this but i never got any mor einformation! is this still living!?
Feb 11, 2014 16:48:17 GMT -6
schlager7: A lot of clubs won't go younger than 10 or 12, but a few take students as young as 7. (I know because there are competitions for youth 8 & under at some tournaments).
Aug 22, 2013 8:52:30 GMT -6
clapous71: HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE
Aug 21, 2013 16:03:30 GMT -6