WHAT OUR FENCERS HAVE TO SAY
 
 
Bettina Ebert , 26 years old [Art Conservator]

Fencing allows me to realize my childhood fantasies of swordplay, princesses and knights in shining armour. This was one of the reasons that I started fencing at university in the UK, and when I moved to Malaysia for work, I was eager to continue with the sport. After a couple of years’ break from fencing foil, I took up epee early in 2009.

Weekly private lessons have allowed me to greatly improve on my technique, while the sparring sessions are a great chance to apply the newly acquired knowledge and skills in bouts against other fencers. The coaches are wonderfully enthusiastic and supportive, and I have made lots of new friends through the club. In fact, having been to numerous different fencing clubs in the past, I have found Swashbucklers to be the best in terms of friendliness, atmosphere, community spirit, competitiveness, lessons, cost, access to competitions, outings, and, and, and .....

Over the past year, I have seen my fencing skills improve greatly in terms of accuracy, speed and footwork – I am scoring more points than I used to when I first started! I have also managed to lose a lot of weight while at the same time building up muscle – I am much happier now with my figure and my fitness levels. Even though I have been with the club for less than a year, I have already had the chance to take part in numerous competitions, which have been very enjoyable and a great learning experience. Fencing has also helped me to progress from a shy, introverted person to a much more outgoing and open person, while at the same time developing my competitive nature.

The friends I have found through the club have changed my life, I immediately felt as if I belong. I am even learning some BM and trying out lots of different local food – fencing sessions are much more fun if followed by makan afterwards! Outings and trips with my new-found friends have allowed me to see more of Malaysia and enjoy this wonderful country.
 
"In fact, having been to numerous different fencing clubs in the past, I have found Swashbucklers to be the best in terms of friendliness, atmosphere, community spirit, competitiveness, lessons, cost ..."



 
 
Eric Eng, 50 years old [Music Teacher]

I took up fencing to realize a boyhood dream and I have regretted it ever since for not doing it sooner! I have never felt physically better and mentally, I believe my grey cells have multiplied. And the best thing about fencing is, I believe I can go on doing this for as long as I possibly can. Recreational sport fencing, hmm.. I thought that was what I signed up for. But nothing beats competition. It fine tunes whatever skills and knowledge you possess and it heightens your combative instincts. For me, it would be a life long study, something I'm most happy to pursue.
 



 
 
Cheah Kip Chean, 14 years old [Student]

Fencing is the singular most exciting and fascinating sport I have experienced.

Fencing challenges a person’s physical fitness, mental strength, thinking abilities and self discipline. To me, its like “Lightning Chess” and it involves the whole body, mind and spirit that go beyond physical activity into an art form.

When I began fencing, I found it very enjoyable. The journey has progressed into total fascination and love for this sport. You can learn so many things when fencing and it helped me in developing strength, agility, concentration, and strategic thinking. This has helped me to develop self-control and discipline which has influenced other areas of my life.
Every time I fence I learn something new, and I am constantly continuing to learn.

I really enjoy fencing with my friends and competitors and especially fencers in Swashbucklers Fencing Club. We support and encourage one another in pursuing this athletic sport together with enthusiasm and team spirit. Our strong passion for excellence motivate us always to strive to improve ourselves and analyze our performances to do even better.

I am trying to achieve my goal to be the best by learning from my mistakes and learning from others better then myself in epee fencing. I hope to excel in fencing and perhaps one day win the Olympic Gold Medal for Malaysia.
 
"Every time I fence I learn something new, and I am constantly continuing to learn."



 
  Sarah Hilmee , 16 years old [Student]

I took up fencing because it was actually my father’s childhood dream to fence. He persuaded me to take up fencing as he knew I was much like him and I had always dreamed to be Zorro.

At first, I was shy and did not want to try, but after attending my first lesson, I got hooked. I realized it wasn’t just my dad’s dream or something I wanted to do to make him proud. It was actually something I fell in love with right after the first class. This was back in January 2009, and it has been 10 months since I’ve joined. Until now, the love I have for this sport has not diminished and I don’t think it ever will.

I love fencing because it improves my stability, coordination, speed and flexibility. Not only that, I lost weight too! This sport taught me how to think fast, smartly, and strategically. However, most importantly, fencing has taught me how to see opportunities and not be afraid to go for it. Not just on the piste, but also in real life. Apart from that, I get to meet new and interesting people during the sparring sessions.

Since I joined the club, I have changed physically, mentally and also spiritually. I have also learned how to have the confidence in myself and be brave in making decisions. Right now, I’m aiming high and I hope to achieve something big that would make my family, friends, country and myself proud. OH! And who knows, maybe I’ll be as good as Zorro one day.

"Since I joined the club, I have changed physically, mentally and also spiritually. I have also learned how to have the confidence in myself and be brave in making decisions."



    Nabil Aiman, 9 years old [Student]

I love Star Wars. I have loads and loads of stuff related to Star Wars. In my imagination, I see myself as a Jedi Master, fighting off the evil forces using my light sabre. This is what first attracted me to fencing when it was first introduced at my school, Sek. Ren. Sri Nobel. I was then in Primary Two.

This year, my second year in fencing, I have started taking personal lessons with Coach Annie. These personal lessons have helped me improve my fencing skills as I am able to correct my mistakes through the one to one attention given to me by my coach. I also enjoy attending the sparring sessions organized by the coaches on alternate Saturdays as these sessions give me exposure to fencers of different skills and levels.

Last November was the first time I participated in a competition. Just before the competition, I attended a two day fencing camp that taught me how to focus during a competition. I totally did not expect it but, I am glad to say that I managed to get a bronze medal.

Fencing to me is more than just a sport to fill up my co-curriculum, it has taught me to think analytically and critically, to be more poised and be independent. I believe that fencing will be a lifelong passion for me!
 
"I believe that fencing will be a lifelong passion for me!"
 
       
       
       
       
       



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