Being new is tough. You can feel as though every action is incorrect, muscles are sore that you didn’t even know you had and you feel embarrassed to keep asking questions, but perseverance is worth it and here is why.
(image courtesy of Katja Hammond)
Our warmups really aren’t that bad. At first you may be a bit sore, but by using constantly changing drills that repeat specific muscular actions you will quickly grow stronger and more flexible. You will learn to react faster and remain calm under pressure, sleep better and be more relaxed in general.
On the subject of pressure, this comes only from yourself. We do not stand on titles, coloured belts or seniority. Instead, we respect dedication and aptitude. Learning cannot be rushed, and people learn in different ways, so it is not a bad thing if some people take longer than others. The instructors will invest as much work into your progress as you are willing to invest yourself without pushing you beyond your comfort zone.
Specific drills form the basis of our curriculum, which you can practice and improve on in your own time. But in class we analyse the detailed aspects of these movements in partnered training routines so that our students are constantly improving in structure, reaction and fluidity. This steady improvement in fitness and coordination allows our students to develop a heightened self-image and confidence that translates into everyday life.
Although you will feel your muscles, the biggest muscle in your body is your brain. And that gets a workout too! Fencing is like HIIT whilst playing chess, and has been shown to help stave off degenerative mental conditions like Alzheimers or dementia. Not to mention the stress relieving properties of repeatedly stabbing your friends!
The first step is always the hardest, which is why your first class is free. Join us at www.tempus-fugitives.co.uk
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