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October 2 , 2012

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BCF Fencing Instructor Glen Richards demonstrates the hand and weapon moves for the fencing participants.

Knee bends, special footwork, and lunge techniques were the first of many skills learned by the new fencing team at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville. Offered this semester for the very first time, Glen Richards, Assistant Warden at Okaloosa Correctional Institution and dad to BCF Freshman Cole Richards, volunteers his time and expertise in fencing to teach the Olympic sport to BCF students.

Historically, fencing was one of the earliest international competitive sports in which many Universities and Colleges participated. Currently, the United States holds several University level competitions and students can compete internationally as a team or individually. In some areas fencing is referred to as an aristocrats' duel, Olympic sport, or a way of training character, fortitude, and discipline.

As for the BCF Fencing Team, Richards is teaching them basic vocabulary used in fencing, as well as endurance and strength. They have worked on gripping techniques and discussed the essentials involved in match play. Richards expects to offer another fencing class to students next semester which will train beginners in addition to the more advanced students.

For more information on all of the athletic programs or intramural sports offered at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800-263-3261 ext. 460.