The sound of clashing metal rings through the air in a former dance studio in Abingdon. Here, coach Greg Paye puts his students through their paces at the Maryland Fencing Club.
Drills include lunging and retreating maneuvers and hand-eye coordination tasks, such as tossing a ball to a partner with one hand while catching one in the other hand. Next they move on to sparring.
During practice bouts such as these, Jared Lohrmann, 14, often pairs off with Genesis Mora. 13 Although the two friends are close in age, they display sharply different approaches to fencing, with Jared more likely to make quick jabs while Genesis moves with more care and deliberation.