Places, Recreation

The Art of Fencing in Flushing

Michael Yen

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Queens Fencing Club (Flushing)
Photo by the Queens Fencing Club

The Queens Fencing Club is the place to cross swords and have fun.

The Olympic sport of fencing has lunged into Flushing and is now flourishing in Queens.  Suit up! Don your mask! Pick your weapon and get EN GARDE. With its club open centrally in the Flushing/Bayside area, the Queens Fencing Club has since expanded to Forest Hills and Little Neck.  Their main location is at the Flushing Center, at 41-61 Kissena Blvd Concourse 36, Flushing NY 11354.

Spring chickens and life-seasoned vets alike meet here to socialize with steel.  It’s a diverse club with fencers, ages 5 to 85, from all over Queens. Instruction is given in English and Mandarin Chinese.  For some, it is a recreational activity. For others, it is gaining mastery for competition. For everybody, it’s having a fun and active good time. Fencing is a sport where high school students in four years can become more skilled than their coaches. The Queens Fencing Club offers training and space for the fencing student to rise to collegiate, national, and international heights.  

Queens Fencing Club (Flushing)
Photo by the Queens Fencing Club

Fencing is  a martial art and an Olympic sport.  With so many high schools and colleges adding this Olympic sport into their athletic programs, replete with scholarships, interest in fencing is at an all-time high.  Did you know that St. John’s University, here in Queens, has won the NCAA title for fencing several times? Or that most of the Specialized High Schools and Ivy League Colleges have fencing teams?  Or even that many of the U.S. Olympic fencers live and train here in New York City?

Perhaps the greatest aspect of the sport is that fencing puts highly active and less active people on the same playing field (A.K.A. – the Strip or Piste).  This chess-like sport favors strategy: those who are “athletic” learn to sharpen their minds and those who are “thoughtful” develop athletic skills. The coaches at the Queens Fencing Club engage each student at their current level and build her/his skills from there.

Queens Fencing Club (Flushing)
Photo by the Queens Fencing Club

When you enter Queens Fencing Club, you are offered different options and get to pick the option that suits you best.  On your very first day, you will learn the footwork and weapon techniques; you will put on equipment and learn to wield the foil, epee, or saber. And, yes, you will look out of the mask at an opponent and apply what you learned — to be rewarded by the scoring machine’s light beeping in your favor.

Options include affordable group and individual lessons, open fencing sessions, and equipment use and/or purchase.  

Queens Fencing Club (Flushing)
Photo by the Queens Fencing Club

The Queens Fencing Club is a good time for a good price.  Adults and children can come individually or in groups. Individual attention (like lessons) will help you gain skills quicker, but the club is populated with generous student fencers of all levels who are charitable with their time and advice.  Whether it’s something to cross-off your bucket list or a sport you’ve been longing to jump into, fencing at the Queens Fencing Club gets into your blood, and you can easily find the time and location that works best for your schedule. You’ll find the coaches and staff eminently approachable, motivated, and safe.  The club also hosts fencing tournaments, which are open to the public, thus offering more opportunities for students to expand their fencing horizon.

To find out more information about the Queens Fencing Club LLC, call (917)302-1193 or visit queensfencingclub.com

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