It takes a lot of discipline to get up every morning for the KARE 11 Sunrise show, which makes fencing the perfect event for this edition of the “Guy’s Games”.
ST PAUL, Minn. – During this edition of the “Guy’s Games”, Guy Brown of KARE 11 went to St. Paul to learn about an event that has been part of the Olympic Games since 1896: fencing.
The Twin Cities Fencing Club is home to two masters of foil. Roberto Sobalvarro was the head coach of the US team at the London 2012 Olympics, and Eric Momberg is the head of the Lawrence University fencing club.
Once Guy was threaded into his gear with foil in hand, Momberg put him on his guard.
“At the Olympic level, the point of the weapon moves at the speed of a bullet,” Momberg warned. “So if you try to look at the point or the hand or the gun, it won’t work.”
Sport is as much cerebral as it is physical, and athletes must anticipate their opponent’s every move.
“Seventy percent of that is finding feet. And if your feet aren’t as good as my feet, I don’t have to worry about the blade,” Momberg parried.
In fencing, every strike needs to be planned and strategic, so that when your opponent strikes, you’re ready to step in, strike, chase, and engage in your attack.
“Reach, kick, push. Yeah and hit me. Walk through me. You are so polite. Go ahead and hit me. It’s my job. That’s what I’m here for! “
Not a sport for “Minnesota Nice”, as Guy learned. He may have a long way to go before he becomes a master, but it looks like he’s on the right track.
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