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contact Jun Liang-Smith at [email protected]
About the Instructor
World class fencer Jun Liang-Smith possesses national and international experiences as a foilist, coach and referee. She is a two-time Olympian, competing on the 1992 and 1996 Chinese women’s foil teams. Ms. Liang-Smith is also a five-time Chinese National Champion and has also won two gold medals at the Asian Games and a bronze medal at the World Cup in Marseilles, France.
As a coaching assistant at Penn State University (1998 – 2002), Ms. Liang-Smith was a major contributor in guiding the Men’s and Women’s Fencing teams to four NCAA Championships. Even though Ms. Liang-Smith has retired from competitive fencing, she picked up her foil one more time and fenced on the Olde Town Fencing Club’s Women’s Foil Team in the Summer Nationals in 2004. She proved her competitiveness by leading the team in bringing home the gold medal.
About the Sport
Fencing is one of the safest sports. Its safety record reflects the quality of equipment and the rules that control the manner of competition. For instance, the mask must meet international requirements for strength of the wire covering all vulnerable parts of the head. Uniforms are made of the same material used in bulletproof vests, Kevlar.
Fencing, the art of swordsmanship, has been practiced for centuries. Through fencing one can acquire the reflexes of a boxer, the legs of a highjumper and the concentration of a tournament chess player. The sport develops agility, strength, speed and cunning. And because of the speed of its action, fencing is considered the fastest martial sport. But, most importantly, it’s fun!