I’ve been fencing since 1982. That’s when I wandered over to the fencing club at Iowa State University. Gary Hayenga gave me a nice introduction to the fundamentals of fencing. If you can consistently do parry-riposte and keep distance, you’ll do OK.
For the last 21 years, I’ve been in the Rochester Minnesota Fencing Club. We try to have some fun and get people involved.
I went to a tournament this weekend for the first time in about 10 years. My first bout went pretty well. I lost 5-3, but it was against the guy who eventually won the tournament. In my second bout I strained my hamstring. Not being able to lunge or move forward or backwards will put a serious cramp in your style.