DALLAS — Draw your sword and get ready to lunge, parry, counter-attack and land the point! This week USA Fencing their 2016 National Championships in Dallas during the Dallas Sports Festival.
The massive, sword wielding tournament brings together fencers from every corner of the country.
“I was always playing with sticks, so I just picked up the fencing sword and started using that,” said Kevin Lee, a student at the Kairos Fencing Academy in Plano.
The fencers cover the entire spectrum of age, too.
“Fencing, it’s wonderful to come have something to do. You see people that you haven’t seen in 20 or 30 years,” said Jeanette Starks-Faulkner, a Veterans Over 60 Fencer. “You come back and it’s fun. I have friends who are fencing at 90!”
Jeanette took home the gold medal for the Veterans over 60 division, even if it might not be as easy as it used to be.
“I didn’t know if I could get through the bout, I was cramping,” laughed Faulkner. “But this feels really good.”
And for those young swordsmen, these high stakes championships give them a great place to hone their skills and move towards their ultimate goal of one-day fencing for the US National Team.
“It’s really exciting but it’s really competitive,” said Lucas Lin, another Kairos Academy student.
Competitive and more complicated than you might think!
“There’s a lot of strategy to it,” said Kevin. “It’s a lot deeper than you’d think. It’s not just people hitting each other.”
So if you thought fencing was simple… or that you had to be young to excel at it, the best reaction you can probably have is “touché”!