Looking for a way to stay in shape as Fall and Winter approach? How about trying out one of the original Olympic sports? Sometimes called “the oldest modern sport,” Fencing has been featured in every Olympics since the first Modern Games in 1896. Referred to also as “physical chess,” it is a blend of athletic technique and reaction speed with tactics and strategy.
Alexandria’s Olde Town Fencing Club will open its Fall season of beginner fencing classes. Youth classes (ages 10-15) start on Monday, Sept. 23. Adult classes (age 16 and up) start on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Classes run from 8:00 to 9:00 pm at the Charles Houston Recreation Center on 901 Wythe Street.
Olde Town’s beginner fencing classes are offered through the Alexandria Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities. The cost of the 8-week session is $64 for residents of the City of Alexandria or $89 for non-residents. Masks, foils and jackets are provided at no additional charge. Students should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes with non-marking soles. Pre-register on-line at www.alexandriava.gov/recreation, or sign up on the first night of class.
The Olde Town Fencing Club has been representing Alexandria in U.S. Fencing Association competition for more than three decades. Olde Town’s women’s foil team won the U.S. National Championship in 2004 and the Division I National Championship in April of this year. Members of the club have won numerous other USFA national medals and club members routinely make a strong showing at local, regional and national tournaments.
In addition to the Beginner classes, Olde Town also offers private lessons for intermediate and advanced fencers, taught by Jun Liang-Smith, a former Penn State assistant coach and two-time member of the Chinese Olympic Fencing Team.
For questions, call club president Wayne Bowman at (571) 236-5036 or instructor Joe Hoffman at (703) 983-7687.
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