I entered the University of the Philippines as a varsity Fencing player in 2001 and I continued to fence for my university until 2006.
The modern sport of Fencing that we know today, or Olympic Fencing, is made up of three distinct events or ‘weapons’: Foil, Sabre, and Épée. I was able to play all three sports. Towards the end of my years as a fencer for my university I concentrated Épée.
In the sport of Fencing you can play as an individual event (where you race to 15 points) or team event where four players (three main players and one substitute) take turns playing against each other until you get 45 points.
The best result I got was a silver medal in the Individual Épée event in collegiate fencing (I lost to a national team player).
While there is no Fencing club in the city I live in now (Chongqing, China), I don’t want to stop fencing. Fencing is a sport that you can continue to play even when you grow old. I’m sure there will come a time I won’t find getting battered in the MMA fighting cage so fun anymore. And I can only sustain so many hard wrestling takedowns as I become more advanced in age. Fencing is more of a mental game than a physical one – it’s a form of physical chess.
I plan to keep Fencing as long as I can walk.