Don’t sit on fencing
PEOPLE interested in trying their hand at fencing can take part in a free trial class in Ocean Reef.
In a bid to establish a fencing culture in the northern suburbs, UWA Fencing Club head coach Tuko Maia has teamed up with Prendiville Catholic College to run classes for all age groups, offering the first one free.
The 45-year-old Craigie resident said he was always fascinated with swords and Star Wars.
“During high school, some friends invited me to have a go and after six months I was a national bronze medallist and one year after I was selected for the junior world championship in Denver, US,” he said.
Since then he has been the Brazilian champion three times, South American champion, Australia and Oceania champion, selected for five world championships and two Pan American Games.
He was also a technical officer at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and sport information co-ordinator at the Paralympics, and is a Maitre D’Armes (master fencing coach) for the International Fencing Federation.
“Fencing is a fantastic sport,” Maia said. “We call it chess with muscles: very strategic and physically demanding.”
Classes are every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm and cost $180 per term.
Mitchell Rigney with UWA Fencing Club head coach Tuko Maia.