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A Maven on The Sport of Fencing

Updated on June 21, 2018
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I am retired and a former epee fencer at CCNY Varsity and USFA. I have achieved the rank of A and have competed in National tournament.

Introduction

The sport of Fencing has been around for a few hundred years. It was one of the modern Olympic sports when it was first organized in 1896. It is more popular today among high schools and universities. The current members of USA Fencing numbers around 36,000. It can be practiced from about age 8 to 88.

I am a self professed maven on this sport. I first fenced in college 40 some years ago. I later restarted my fencing career in 1990s and competed in the veterans group. Now after retiring, I am fencing just for exercise and social interactions.

It is my intention to incorporate these lessons into a possible eBook down the road.

- May 2018

Background

I have written some introductory lectures on the sport of fencing. They number 15 so far. There are three distinct weapons in fencing, foil, epee and sabre.

Both men and women compete in the opens as individuals and on teams. There is a national tournament held every year. Believe it or not, there is also a wheelchair category.

What is a maven?

A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass timely and relevant knowledge on to others in the respective field.

Being here on HubPages, a part of the Maven company, I am taking on the roll of a maven for this niche Sport.

I will be adding to my lecture series periodically.

I look forward to questions and suggestions of topics.

A word of warning. These lectures are for information purposes only. Don't think you can learn this sport by reading. If you are serious about learning fencing, join a club and find a good coach and get lessons. That is the only way to learn and advance in fencing.

Thanks.

Some Additional Facts...

The fencing community voted to accept applicants regardless of color and race in Dec. of 1949. This is just two short years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League baseball. Here is a news clipping on the story.

Summary

I don’t take on this responsibility lightly. As a self professed maven on the sport of Fencing, I will provide the latest information and development on this sport. There are changes as with every sport. I am also committed to creating an archive of fencing for our club - the Fencers Club. It is the oldest fencing club in America, started in 1883 as a non profit organization.

Fencing Epee in College (I am pictured on the right)

A Team Photo 1971 - CCNY Varsity

Alumni Match 1990s...

Today 2018 Fencers Club

© 2018 Jack Lee

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