On Friday afternoons, after most children have left, calls of ‘En garde!’ followed by clashing blades can be heard ringing out from the school hall.
Behind the doors, two opposing lines of masked children holding foils in gloved hands spar, carefully choose their steps to waiting for the right moment to strike. Shortly after, they stop, shake hands and then continue their lesson in one of the oldest sports still played today: fencing.
Fencing tests and teaches your ability in swordplay. It wasn’t scary. We play games at the beginning and end but for the main part we are taught how to fence. We have to focus on which movements are needed at the right times and whose ‘priority’ it is. When you parry (block the opponent’s blade) you get the priority. It doesn’t hurt!