CHICO, Calif. - When most people think about fencing they think of a sword fight.
Action News Now’s Vanessa Romo shows us in the video that it takes skill, tactics, and strategy to master the sport.
Fencing coach Kalista Vera said, “I think it takes a lot of physical endurance as well as mental.” Fencing is often referred to as a physical game of chess.
Fencing coach Greg Haugen said, "During a bout you're mostly trying to figure out what they’re going to do and that's when the strategy comes in as you're trying to anticipate your opponent's next move .” That's when you start coming back and figure out your tactic,” he added.
Coach Haugen said it is often a surprise for those who come in after watching “Zorro” or “Star Wars.” “They come in. They want to learn to do sword fighting like they do in the movies," he said.
"But when they come they see that there is a whole sport and a whole new world that's open to them," Coach Haugen explained.
Haugen said what keeps people coming to fencing classes has to do with the competitive nature of the sport. Participants start to see that there are big tournaments that involve other fencers that they can learn from.
If you think you have what it takes to fence you can get involved by joining the Little Dragons fencing program through the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD).
The program takes place at My Fencing Center in Chico. They have been teaching fencing skills for 15 years. They are located at 986 East Avenue (Suite C) next to the laundromat.