Dax Mikow, a seventh-grader at Arbutus Middle School, tried different sports in elementary school but couldn’t find one that felt right.
Finally, about two years ago, his mother told him there was a fencing club in Catonsville that might be worth a shot. Dax came to the club and quickly fell in love with the sport.
“I wasn’t interested in any other sport,” he said. “Baseball didn’t work. I didn’t really like soccer. Football was just not my sort of thing. So I said why not try [fencing]?”
The move paid off for Dax, as it has for so many other members of the Academies of Fencing in Catonsville. The Academies has three groups: one for adults, one for boys and another for...