My name is Sally (as you can see) and I joined my local fencing club last night (11th of Sept)!!
I had never fenced before but come from a family with a strong connection to combat sports.
My father is a 3rd Dan in Kendo and so trained me up when I became tall enough to hold a Shinai. He's a massive inspiration to me, not in Kendo inparticular, but as a sportsman. Bit of a "Daddy's girl" I guess.
Anyway unfortunately I was born with a rare congenital muscle myopathy which means my muscles are...well...just weaker than those of an able bodied person! No other info really, and to look at me you wouldn't know anything majorly wrong was going on, I can walk around, flail, wiggle, you name it (unless you ask me to get up off the floor or climb the stairs..then I look a bit like I'm drunk!! Oh and I have super boney shoulders and hips due to stingey muscle mass, haha) just a few weird things happened in my making on the inside, so Kendo became increasingly more difficult with raising the shinai and jumping around, so training stopped when I was about 9 years old (and I learned piano! haha).
Thing is, as I got older I wanted to defy biological claims and really see whether I can beat this muscle "thing" by doing everything I can to move around. I'll do body conditioning classes 3 times a week, gym classes a couple of times in addition, Ashtanga Yoga once a week...and now...back to weapon sports...but this time - Fencing.
ALL of these physical activities make me look a little different to people when I'm in action, i.e. I can only lift about 2.5kg maximum (AT THE MOMENT! Who knows?!), and need dragging off the floor if I'm ever on it, walk instead of run, one leg at a time up the stairs, that kind of thing - but I seriously don't care!
One day I might surpass the weirdness! And now I hope fencing will take me there.
If NOT then I'm going to have an enormous amount of fun trying! Since my session last night I feel majorly proud to be a part of such an incredible and inspiring sport and totally accepted into the community regardless of wobbles.
Thanks for reading my story, and it'll be great to speak to you guys and girls in the forums!!