Bryant Park & The Dueling Dames 

By: Angela Voelker


Details:

  • Cost: FREE!
  • Time: Friday's 1:30pm- 2:30pm from April 17 to October 9
  • Who: Co-workers would be great to go on this adventure with!
  • Where: Fifth Avenue Terrace at 41st Street
  • What: Free fencing lessons from Manhattan Fencing Center (Training site for Olympians!)
  • Note: Call 212-382-2255 to pre-register or take a chance and drop by. Must be 16 or older to participate.

…and then he looked at me with piercing blue eyes and…..oh wait! Sorry. That’s another story. 

Besides our tall, blond, French fencing instructor’s striking blue eyes, I’ve decided that there are definitely many reasons why you should check out Bryant Parks FREE fencing lessons on Fridays. 

Jean-Claude (not his real name but it has a nice French ring to it) was very informative and patient with the hodge-podge group of us. I had a distinct feeling that most of the class had never held a sword in their hands before, let alone have any experience in dueling. One jerk had a skirt on! Ok, that was me; but it only goes to show that you can pop over there on your lunch break – Milano Blahniks and all!! No judgment – I just had to hike the skirt up a bit when we went into our lunge position… “OOH, sorry, pardon me mr cute French instructor sir!” 

Tired of eating at our desks and never really enjoying the luxurious hour we get to ourselves in the middle of the work day, we decided to find something interesting to do. 

The class is a great balance of quasi-exertion (see me wearing a skirt), skill and outside activity. It was long enough to take us out of the mindset of work work work but short enough that we were able to do it on our lunch break. You’re able to let go of the spread sheets and enjoy a bit of time in the 15th Century. 

When we could understand Jean-Claude he just taught us the basics but if Sarah and I are ever challenged to a duel I feel certain that we will at least get the stance right and may possibly be able to block a hit to the head, “On Guard!” Experience more. 

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