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Drawing swords better than drawing short straws

THERE are loads of extra curricular activities to choose from at BISS Nanxiang, and what is really good is that we get to do them during school time on Friday afternoon! My parents really like it too, because it means that I get home at my usual time, but I still get the chance to get involved in lots of different, exciting stuff.

My favorite ECA would have to be sword fighting, because it's something really unusual - and it's not everyday that you get to have a fight with your principal! I think it's a really interesting sport - totally different to fencing - and it kind of sums up what's great about going to an international school: You get to try lots of new things, lots of really unusual things, that you probably wouldn't dream of trying back home. It's hard work and quite gruelling - I can see that to be really good you have to be super fit and ultra dedicated - but I am loving the fact that you have to develop both self-discipline and creativity at the same time.

Yes, you can get hurt - someone got whacked really hard last week! - but that only happens when you are not giving the sport the concentration it needs, so it's a painful but very effective way of developing your focus and ability to keep your mind on the job! Since I've started sword fighting, I've been amazed at how many friends and family want to talk about it, and are keen to find out more - a couple of friends at other schools are just dying to try it!

I guess we're really lucky that we have an expert right here to teach us, and that we're encouraged to do unusual stuff like this.

I would definitely recommend sword fighting to anyone who is looking for an activity that improves your fitness, your mind, your self-discipline and your concentration all at the same time. And if you like a whiff of danger or adventure - even better!


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