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Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 4:30 am

Eleven enthusiasts sharpened their skills with an afternoon of fencing at the Harker Heights Recreation Center.

The Central Texas Fencing Club meets every Friday to practice basic footwork, balance movements and the rules of fencing.

The sport teaches discipline, respect and good sportsmanship, said Valerie Dudenhoefer, the instructor and a fencer for 16 years. Participants also enjoy the craft. “They bug their parents saying ‘it’s time to go fencing’.”

The participants start with the foil, which targets the torso area, the epee, which targets the entire body, and then the sabre, which targets the entire body above the waist.

The classes continue every Friday except on holidays from 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $45 for residents and $50 for nonresidents, and all equipment is provided. Participants must be at least 7 years old. For more information, call the Harker Heights Recreation Center at 254-953-5658.

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