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October 31, 2008


Joe D

Old age and treachery will always defeat youth and skill.


I'm expecting that my left-handed fencing will keep 'em baffled even longer.

Jay Ray

My fencing coach is in his late fifties and he is a killer on the piste. Fast, accurate, and at least with me, kinda brutal :P The only one in the studio who gives him any kind of competition is a very kind, gentle man in his mid forties. I'm 39 (myelin optimal?) with about 6 months of fencing under my belt now, and can keep up with everyone there. Which is not to say I can actually WIN very often.

The scientific truth of those studies may or may not be assailable, but I know from plenty of experience that age does not necessarily have to mean weak or slow. Don't fret about it, keep your mind clear, and most importantly have fun.

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