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5/4/06-Tyler

Students Get A Lesson In An Age Old Sport

Fencing instructor Bryan Ralph says, "This is a thinking person's sport. You have to really think a lot about what you're getting ready to do with the weapon and with yourself."


The fencing class is part of the gifted and talented program, aimed at opening students up to new experiences.

Stefanie Fleming is their P.E. teacher.

"In each core subject that they go to, they cover french, or they cover medieval times, or the origin of the sport, and so they get fencing in each subject, which is really great," said Fleming.

Some students say they did not want to try it at first, but the sport is nothing new to Christian Harrison. He's been fencing for two years.

"I really wanted to try something to keep me fit and active. Where I could just have all around fun.1 Do it anytime, anywhere, and fencing was the thing for me," Harrison said.

Christian's parents are funding the program, and they asked his instructor, Bryan Ralph, to come in and teach twice a week. He's a competitive fencer, who has studied under world champions.

It's a complicated sport with an array of rules. Now that students are getting the hang of it, they say they're enjoying the challenge, but Bryan says, it's about more than that.

"They make a lot of mistakes, but I think they're having fun, and at the same time, I think they're learning a few things about themselves," Bryan said.

After 50 years of fencing, Bryan says even he still has things to learn.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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