Fencing is one of the few orginal sports still offered in the modern Olympic games. Known as "physical chess" for its mental and tactical as well as physical demands, it is offered here in Beaverton at the Northwest Fencing Center and is home to an Olympic coach, a coach who competed for the US in the Beijing and Athens Olympics and a third coach who was captain of the US Men's Gold Medal National Foil Team and a former French champion. This is a sport that is fun, addictive and can be practiced for a lifetime as you will see fencers of 6 or 7 years old up to in their 80's, competitive and strictly recreational fencers as well-they even offer wheelchair fencing! NWFC is a second home to my son who has fenced here for years and is totally addicted to the sport, and I tried it myself recently. Fun and a great workout. NWFC offers a week of free fencing so we have a date for our group to come in and try it out! The club supplies all protective gear and weapons-all you have to do is show up in sweats, t-shirt and athletic shoes and get ready to stab away! Oh, and be sure to watch this video......http://www.kgw.com/news/Oregon-attracting-international-fencers---165924146.html
You might want to show up 15 minutes early to get fitted into your gear.