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Instructor Info:Scott Tundermann
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday Friday
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Robert Crown Center GYM
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Robert Crown Center GYM
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Robert Crown Center GYM
Description: January term is a great time to give fencing a try! We'll cover everything you need to know to cross swords with an opponent, starting from the basics on up to real bouting. No experience or equipment necessary! We'll start with the footwork used to move on the strip and control the distance between you and your adversary; then we'll suit up in the protective gear to practice the various attacks as well as how to defend against them. Along the way, we'll play lots of games to put your new-found skills to use, until you're ready for full-on bouts. We'll also talk about the rules and formats for competitions and watch some video of Olympic fencers like Mariel Zagunis and Tim Morehouse (gold and silver medalists in Beijing). Fencing is an ideal sport for all ages, body types, and dispositions. It promotes balance, coordination, and quick reflexes and develops tactical thinking and analytical observation. It's also one of the safest sports to play, with a very low incidence of injury. More importantly, it's a ton of fun! Join us in January and check it out. UMass, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke students/community: $150.00