Co-Curricular Showcase: Fencing Club

This is our fourth showcase of the MCNC’s Online Pocket Guide to Co-Curriculars – “the good, the bad, the ugly…”


En Garde… Are you ready? FENCE!fencing1

You are clutching a foil blade in a gloved hand, the blade flashing silver; dimly viewing your approaching opponent through your metal-gridded helmet, heart pounding and mind racing – will you find the correct sequence of parries and footwork to directly hit your opponent’s torso without getting hit in the stomach first?

If the above scene caused you to tingle with excitement or interest (and even if it didn’t) you should really keep scrolling down and reading:

What is Fencing?

Fencing is an elite, but lesser-known and understood sport by the public as opposed to other mainstream sports like soccer and basketball. Evolving from a method of self-defence to a competitive, Olympic-qualified battle of lightning quick reflexes, it has come to take the world by storm.

There are three main types of fencing, each involving different weapons and slight alterations in rules: foil, epee and sabre. Of the three, Macleans fencing offers the foil and sabre.

What are the benefits of fencing?

Fencing offers optimum fitness of both the mind and body, each weekly training session beginning with a gruelling half-hour warm up and handiwork or footwork practice. Fencing is one of those rare sports which force you to awaken and move almost every muscle – the arm for extending the foil to hit your opponent, the legs for lunging and retreating etc.,- all these movements must occur very quickly to outstrip your opponent’s pace. Therefore, fencing helps to develop faster reflexes. Fencing is an extremely interesting sport like no other!!!

How can I join the fencing club? Time and place?

Currently, there is a waiting list for those interested in joining the club, due to excess demand. See or email Mr. McGuire-Barnes to register your interest.

Management teacher: Mr McGuire-Barnes
Fencing Coach: Judit Fliszar

Weekly training sessions are on every Wednesday night from 5.30pm-7.00pm.

Contributors to the Co-Curricular Showcase are: Elinor Wang, Joyce Chan, Cassandra Liu and Wayne Zhou. Edited by: Zachary Wong

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