Hello. I decided to start fencing, so I went to a fencing club and had a three hours lesson. All the people in my course are between 14 and 30, and I'm 17, so it's alright. The coach taught me basic footwork and attack, lounge, parry 4 and 3, feint-disangage and probably something else I can't remember. I found fencing really exciting so I think I'll continue. The thing is, the fencers in my group (especially the ones who are my age or younger) didn't really look happy about me joining the club, or something. I know it's all about competition but they know I'm nowhere as good as them and I stayed humble the whole time. The coach later asked me to have a match (I still don't know the fencing terminology? It's probably not called "match", I'm sorry) with a girl that started a month ago so she's a beginner too. I was completely destroyed, I think I was able to score 2 points in 30 minutes. And it was really frustrating, but I tried to learn as much as possibile from my opponent. Tomorrow I have practice again and the coach said I'll try the electric thing (again with my poor knowledge of terminology) and I'm kind of anxious and scared to do it in front of unfriendly and ready-to-judge eyes, as I've never used it and I barely know how to put on the jacket. Does anyone have advices? Also, I'm sorry for the length of this post and my poor English, which is not my first language.