Monday, March 29, 2010

2 Local Blind Schools Face Off In Fencing


Today I went to see an exceptional fencing event; A blind fencing competition where nine students from the Perkins School in Watertown and the Carroll Center in Newton fenced for the first competition of its kind. I spoke with most of the fencers and was amazed to see the passion and joy they get from a sport that would appear counter-intuitive given their condition. Quite to the contrary, I discussed blade pressure, sounds of the larger and smaller part of the blade and strategy by feeling the reaction of the opponent’s weapon when tapping it... basically all of the technics we expect our students to develop as second nature to become outstanding fencers. Needless to say that Cesar Morales, fencing coach, has the community’s utmost recognition for this initiative.