Don’t sit on fenc­ing

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - Tyler Brown

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.

d486066 Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mitchell Rigney with UWA Fenc­ing Club head coach Tuko Maia.

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