It’s a hobby that blends movement and strategy, without excessive force or aggression. Fencing is an elegant sport that always promotes mutual respect between opponents, only sportsmanship and a motivation to improve. It’s not just about the technical ability, physical prowess, or the strategies to win — it’s also about passion. Coach Feng, founder of Feng Fencing Studios, gave us insight to his story through an open letter addressed to you.

Time has flown by so quickly.

I founded Feng Fencing Studio in early 2016 and already, it’s been one year since the grand opening. Since that time, I’ve been able to train a number of new students in one of the things I’m most passionate about: foil fencing.

All new students begin training the same way – their eyes are bright with enthusiasm, and there’s a genuine eagerness to learn the technical skills. Over time, though the spark never dies, it becomes clear that they’re still at the beginning of their journey. The time it takes to master fencing may turn some people off – but like any sport or hobby or field of practice, you only ever get out what you put in.

When it comes down to it, we’re all still learning. Even with 22 years of competitive experience under my belt, I still find myself discovering new skills while training, and having to learn to adapt. That’s what everything comes down to, isn’t it? Trying new things and embracing the learning curve that shouldn’t turn you off but rather, motivate you to work harder and be better.

Foil fencing has a special place in my heart, and I know that I’ll be chasing it for as long as I can.

Falling in love with foil fencing isn’t something that can happen overnight. More than likely, it’ll take time and commitment. But this discipline, this confidence, this capacity to reflect and self-motivate; these are all strengths in character that will have long-term consequences. These are skills that can be translated to multiple areas of your life, whether it be school or work or relationships.

I have seen and experienced real passion before, and I know that it has changed me for the better.

Now it’s just your turn.

To read the full letter by Coach Feng, check out our second issue which is now online! Or you can get your hands on a printed copy, which would be even better.

Feng Fencing Studios can be found on Level 3, Shop 10, 372 Pennant Hills Rd, Carlingford NSW 2118.

Editor/Writer for ECX.

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