Marshall forms new fencing club
HUNTINGTON -- En garde! A new club at the Marshall Rec Center is helping people make a lunge towards fitness.
The newly formed fencing club is meeting at the Center each Thursday evening and teaching aspiring fencers the ins and outs of feinting, parrying and riposte. The cost is $25 members and $35 for non-members every eight weeks. The fee covers lessons and athletic equipment. A new session of classes will start shortly before spring break on March 13. The class will take a hiatus during the summer break. The class meets at 8 p.m. Thursdays. Typical sessions last 70 to 90 minutes.
"The class is open to the community not just students," said Del Chrol, instructor and chair of the Department of Classics. "Anyone can join, and we can teach anyone from the beginning. You don't need to be a member of the Rec Center. Non-members can get a pass that will just bring you in for fencing. "We have foils, epées and sabers. We also have all the jackets, mass and safety gear. Some members may want to invest in a cup or a breast guard, but all you really need are some good shoes, pants and a T-shirt to fight."
Chrol said there's no need to be physically gifted.
"In basketball it helps if you're really tall, and with football it helps if you're big and meaty, with fencing people of all types and dispositions can try," he said. "Fencing is primarily a sport about attempting to land a touch with the tip of your foil on your opponent's chest. We teach a number of basic attacks and defenses. It's a lot like a physical chess where you try to learn your opponent while facing off against them."
The class began last semester. It is the first time there has been a fencing club on campus in more than three years.
"It's fun and great for anger issues," Kayla Nelson, a freshmen at Marshall. "You really seldom see fencing as a main priority club these days but it's a good club where you can have good, safe fun."
For registration, class schedule and information on other premium classes, visit the Marshall Rec Center online at www.marshallcampusrec.com/ or call 304-696-4732.
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