Fencing is not “sword fighting.” A fencing match looks nothing like a Zorro movie. There is tension and excitement in every bout, but no swashbuckling. Fencing demands that the athlete direct and control his—or her—aggression. Of course, every sport is not for everyone and fencing is no exception. Some take to it; some don’t. Those who stay with it, however, truly love it. There is no such thing as an indifferent fencer. While not a team sport like soccer or basketball, fencing is learned through regular practice and there is a strong camaraderie among TFA members. When the club attends tournaments, coaches and students support each other as part of the TFA team. Ultimately, of course, each match is won or lost by the individual fencer, which is probably why fencing draws those committed to competing at their “personal best.” Fencing is suitable for girls as well as boys. Because size and strength are less important than speed and agility, girls often find it a particularly rewarding activity.
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