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The group meets Tuesday evenings from 6pm until 8:30pm in the Mauna Loa School gym at 172 Kapiolani St. in Hilo. There is a second session on Thursday evenings in the Mountain View Community Center gym across from the Post Office. There is a $2 charge to cover the hall rental. All levels of fencer are welcome from beginners to veterans. If you've never touched a sword but want to learn come and try it out. Types of Fencing: Sport fencing is what you've seen in the Olympics. The main weapons used are the foil, epee and sport sabre. Historical fencing uses the weapons and techniques from previous centuries – rapier, small sword, epee and dueling sabre. Who Can Fence? Fencers come in all ages, - from children in grade school to senior citizens (I'm 65 and started 3 years ago). The reliance on agility versus muscle means that fencing is gender neutral – both women and men can fence with neither having an advantage. Why Fence? Physical Benefits: Fencing is an excellent exercise. It focuses on supple and quick muscles rather than just strength. Fencing works on the areas where the brain and muscles come together to improve balance, hand/eye coordination, and reflexes. Intangible Benefits: Beyond the physical benefits, fencing builds confidence and sportsmanship. Part of fencing is the confidence that “I can win.” But there is also the confidence that “I may lose but I will do the best I can. and maybe…” Fencing is learning from a victory and learning more from a defeat. Fun: Fencing is an exercise that is fun. Nothing gets the adrenaline pumping like someone coming for you with three or four feet of steel in their hand. Safety: Fencing is done with a variety of safety gear. Whenever fencers face off, whether in a match or training, they always wear the safety equipment correct for the weapons being used.

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