I have just over a week of classes left as I work on completing this last semester of school for my MLIS. I’m so excited. And burnt out. And tired. And happy. And worried about the future and what the degree might (or might not) mean.
Had a great Easter. Had a wonderful belly dance recital; got new drum-technique dvd and a new cd of music and also my huge 32 yard skirt finally came in! (that’s it with the new vest!) I’m also still out here, living my roundly-awesome life.
So to sorta compensate for the lack of content lately (and likely forthcoming as I finish these last days of school) I thought I’d post a video we have of me during the few weeks of Groupon-en-cheapened fencing classes I took with Adam D.
It was fun but, ultimately, we didn’t learn so much as we flailed around at each other, hoping to glean some bit of helpful technique along the way.
Still, quite a blast while we did it! (Especially once I brought a length of cloth to extend the cord that goes between the legs on that snug-white-body-suit thing. Fencing WITHOUT the constant wedgie? Vastly improved over the alternative. Just saying…)
As far as being a fat woman in a fencing class I’d say that I didn’t feel too put out; though (as I said above) the largest of the freebie-practice-garb tops (which was a 2XL over on the men’s side btw) was rather snug. Still, it fit and once I added length to that crotch-rope it was even more comfortable. The chest protector was very tight as it was an unforgiving plastic shield for the breasts. Over that was a secondary one-arm sleeve sheath that was intended to add further protection (or just add to the sweat-potential..whew!). It wasn’t super-bulky but definitely not a sleek profile. Actually it felt a bit like trying to stab someone while wearing an ill-fitting marshmallow suit.
I didn’t feel any animosity or other angst from the instructors that I happened to be taking up “too much space”. Which is rather nice for a sport! Though, it might have just been the laid-back feel from this particular fencing studio; I only have the one to use for “study”.
The best class experience was actually when we learned one of the 4 moves we got to learn and spent time drilling on them, over and over. I was placed against a young student who was great at correcting me and offering suggestions.
So, would I recommend fencing? I’d suggest trying it. Or at least watching a class. Check to see if there are any “Open Fencing” nights at places nearby so you can watch a few battles and see if the level of activity (mostly lots of back and forth and small hand motions) is for you. If you can get a great coupon to test out a beginner class, go for it. Though, if you’re worried, maybe send a note to ask if there are any practice-armor pieces that might fit your proportions to prevent that frantic scramble at suit-up time.
Now I’m curious about a place down the street that I pass each morning on the way to work that is boasting a sign for equestrian lessons…hmmm. Maybe time to explore what they are offering…