You will probably have gathered from my Team Nogueira Dubai post last month that I’m not really cut out to be a martial arts fighter! Ha! That being said, I’ve harboured a love of fencing for many years. I used to fence foil, until work commitments took over.
I would describe fencing as a thinking man’s sport……requiring unwavering focus to anticipate the actions of your opponent and out maneuver them!! I had the honour of attending a couple of fencing test events for epee for the 2012 Olympics (pictured) and their swordplay was breathtaking!
I’ve been meaning to go back to fencing since moving to Dubai, but procrastinated because of the heat. With the cooler months approaching, its been on the forefront of my mind. I was browsing online and came across MK Fencing Academy. As it turned out they were opening up again after the summer, so I promptly signed up for a class!
The hour-long class itself was held at Raffles international school, South Campus. I arrived a little flustered, as the taxi driver had difficulty locating the school in the dark. Despite that little hiccup, everything went smoothly after that! The instructor was fantastic- a former member of the Bulgarian National Pentathlon Team no less, with infectious enthusiasm and an obvious love of the sport.
The class size was small- smaller than expected, so I had the luxury of personalised corrections and tips on technique in a relaxed and friendly environment. In my opinion, for the 65AED class fee you really do get a lot for your money as class sizes are small, the standard of teaching is high and all equipment is provided.
The only drawback for me is that I learned that the academy doesn’t teach foil, but epee- so new rules of swordplay to learn for me!