Marc in fencing duelIf you think about athletics, fencing is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet for Marc Lo this dueling pastime is the only sport that matters. This month, the Computer Engineering student is gearing up for a contest of weaponry, black masks and uncompromising technique.

Fencing is a dueling sport using one of three different sword weapons: the foil, epée and sabre. Fencers must hit certain locations on their opponent’s body to gain points. Each attempt is guided by swift movements and countered by strategic blocks by the defensive party. 

Eight years ago, Marc started fencing in his home country, Hong Kong. As a child, he trained intensively, only slowing down his routine to focus on academics. 

Marc at fencing competitionSince joining UWaterloo, the 3A student has dived back into the sport, participating in the York Open competition earlier in April. Of 18 competitors, Lo claimed fifth place, advancing him to the Eastern Canadian Championships. On April 30, he will travel to the University of Toronto to compete in the foil category. 

Marc's preparation for this major event will take place both on- and off-campus. He practices several times a week in town, while also coaching novice fencers at UWaterloo.

His practice routine is as sharp as his footwork and sword skills:

Usually I start by warming up for 15 minutes then stretching for 15 minutes. After will be 15 minutes of footwork, focusing on movements of leg moving back and forth with changing speed and rhythm.

Wish this fighter good luck as he takes a stab at the competition!  

  1. 2018 (56)
    1. December (1)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (7)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (1)
    6. July (2)
    7. June (5)
    8. May (8)
    9. April (3)
    10. March (7)
    11. February (5)
    12. January (8)
  2. 2017 (62)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (7)
    3. October (7)
    4. September (4)
    5. July (4)
    6. June (7)
    7. May (7)
    8. April (3)
    9. March (8)
    10. February (7)
    11. January (5)
  3. 2016 (73)
    1. December (2)
    2. November (5)
    3. October (6)
    4. September (6)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (6)
    7. June (8)
    8. May (9)
    9. April (6)
    10. March (9)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (5)
  4. 2015 (65)
    1. December (5)
    2. November (6)
    3. October (3)
    4. September (4)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (4)
    7. June (5)
    8. May (6)
    9. April (5)
    10. March (9)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (7)
  5. 2014 (88)
    1. December (3)
    2. November (8)
    3. October (9)
    4. September (8)
    5. August (4)
    6. July (9)
    7. June (8)
    8. May (9)
    9. April (7)
    10. March (8)
    11. February (7)
    12. January (8)
  6. 2013 (38)
    1. December (4)
    2. November (8)
    3. October (10)
    4. September (8)
    5. August (8)