In May 2012, a handful of scruffy nerds from USYD Fencing Club moved into a super bland office space above a carpet shop in Stanmore, stuck some fencing strips to the floor, and started fighting each other. We had no proper coach and didn’t really know what we were doing. We had eight members.
Somehow now it’s 2019, we’ve trained over 10,000 people and the fencing strips above the carpet shop in Stanmore have thundered under the feet of Korean pros and German world champions. More importantly, a fantastic community of people has formed: there has been at least one baby born whose parents met at sabre training in our club, which we reckon is pretty cool.
We still don’t have a “proper” coach and we’re still figuring it out as we go along, but we’re scientists and this is how we like it. It seems to be working out okay.
Thanks to everyone who’s helped us along the way so far!