Hi everyone, I have my first fencing class tomorrow evening with my local fencing club (Tidewater Fencing Club). What should I expect? My brother bought a foil a while ago, but never took up fencing. My experience comes down to reading, watching videos of experts, and waving my brother's foil around a few times. So in other words, not experience, but I have an interest. Unfortunately, none of the coaches appear to focus on sabre, but I don't see it as much of a problem because I am starting with beginner foil 1 and then beginner foil 2, and intermediate foil. Most if not all the coaches seem to have significant experience in all three blades which is good. I would like to be familiar with all of them, but my Ukrainian heritage kind of draws me to the sabre (although from what I understand the modern fencing sabre is based on a different kind of sabre not exactly the same as the type of sabre used by Ukrainian cossacks. I also have liked the videos of sabre competitions best. That being said, I may find I enjoy the foil or epee better. Time will tell. And to clarify, I am aware of the difference between historical sword fighting and modern fencing. I would love to regularly practice fencing and then study historically accurate sword fighting used by Ukrainian cossacks along with my studies of Ukrainian history and culture. Not the same thing, but I find them complementary. Fencing is my sport, but I am passionate about Ukraine so as a fencer I looked into cossack martial arts (historical rather than revisionist). I do occasionally wear a вишива́нка (vyshyvanka, traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt) as do many Ukrainians today. Still working on learning the language though. I am curious, could there ever be new fencing styles added such as dual sabre, but still keeping in line with competitive fencing rather than HEMA?