The Princess Bride, Zorro, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars… the idea of wielding a sword has captured imaginations and led to many a backyard duel with sticks. Some people never quite grow out of that. And why should we? As part of the Nashville Community Education program, fencing has been offered for many years so that people can experience the thrill of wielding a sword. But even more so, learn the skills in a safe and inexpensive manner on their way to becoming a fencer.
Yes, I said safe. Because with the proper gear, fencing is one of the safest sports that you or your children can become involved in. And we make sure to provide that gear as part of the class (keeping it relatively inexpensive). There was research done some time ago that showed that fencing was as safe as golf. So… if you are willing to go out on the golf course, how about trying something that may be more exciting? At least fencing is for me. And considering that we’ve had students ranging from age 8 (when we had a youth fencing class) up to 70+ (and they are still a competitive fencer in the area), signing up for the class is your chance to try out something new, different, and exciting. Are you ready to come en garde?
Learning more about fencing and Donovan Grimwood
1. As the instructor what’s your favorite part about fencing and coaching fencing?
I enjoy introducing new people to the sport and helping them develop their skills. It is also great to get to know the fencers over the years as they continue to come back.
2. How would you describe fencing to someone who has never fenced before?
Fencing is the safe, but exciting sport of swordsmanship. It's a great and unique workout and sport to learn.
3. What skills will students learn in your fencing class?
In addition to the skills necessary to be able to fence (attack, parry, footwork), it also teaches quick thinking and sharpens the mind as much as the body.
4. What is one thing you can highlight about the industry that people don’t know about?
The Modern Olympics were founded by a fencer and it has been featured in every Olympics. Currently there are over 25,000 competitive fencers in the U.S. with the sport growing. It is also one of the few martial arts that doesn't have weight classes and is one of the most inclusive of sports. Fencers in most competitions can range from age 13 to 80+, and there are age groups for fencers as young as 7.