FENC­ING

Z Fenc­ing

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Fourth floor, Bangsar Shop­ping Cen­tre, 285 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, KL (03 2092 2510/ www.zfenc­ing.com.my).

Mod­ern fenc­ing be­gan as a form of mil­i­tary train­ing back in the day when sword­play was the main form of fight­ing. Dur­ing the Re­nais­sance pe­riod be­gin­ning in the 14th cen­tury, fenc­ing be­came more of a sport with mas­ter prac­ti­tion­ers set­ting up schools in Spain, Italy and France.

Your kids can dis­cover this clas­sic art of du­elling by en­rolling at Z Fenc­ing. The fenc­ing school’s youth divi­sion en­com­passes dif­fer­ent age groups: four- to five-year-olds, six- to eight-yearolds, nine- to 12-year-olds, and 13- to 20-year-olds. Stu­dents are called Zke­teers (as op­posed to mus­ke­teers) and need only com­mit to one les­son per week. With enough prac­tise, your child will be able to dif­fer­en­ti­ate and spe­cialise in three weapons: the foil, épée

and sabre. Learn­ing how to prop­erly wield weaponry hones quick hand­eye co­or­di­na­tion and re­flexes, and fencers are known for be­ing es­pe­cially light on their feet.

Z Fenc­ing’s coaches, some of whom have been fenc­ing for 13 years or more, are more than qual­i­fied sports­men. To ex­cel as in­struc­tors, they have to pass the Na­tional Coach­ing Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme (SPKK) and then go on to ac­quire an In­ter­na­tional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Sports Coach­ing.

Sign your chil­dren up for a 15-minute trial to see if lung­ing and par­ry­ing is the sport for them. En garde!

All cour­ses: Week­days, RM1,320/ term, RM440/month; Week­ends, RM1,440/term, RM480/month. Daily, 1-8pm. Con­tact cen­tre for sched­ule.

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