Charlie Luo ’20

Bait them in, then attack.

That is the strategy that Charlie Luo ’20 uses when he is in a fencing bout. On his first year with the team, Luo hopes for an exciting season, looking to improve his skills and strategy along the way.

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photo by Aaron Wu

Luo began his fencing career when he was in fifth grade—and immediately, he was hooked.

“I liked it initially because there’s a lot of strategy behind it,” Luo said.  “It really is an enjoyable learning experience.”

Currently, Luo fences on a club team at the Bergen Fencing Club.  Whether he is competing in or outside of school, Luo fences sabre, one of the three types of fencing.   

As he started fencing more and more, Luo developed a strategy. Many of his competitors will attack the opponent when each bout begins which is often ineffective considering the opponent will immediately counterattack. To counter this, Luo baits his opponents to attack him, and then strikes the other fencer.

On a personal level, Luo hopes to accomplish three main goals.

“I want to be competitive, [I] want to be rated, and I want to win meets,” Luo said.  

He does not know how the team as a whole will perform due to the fact he has only participated on the team for a month. However, the team was invited into a league this year.  

The first-year high school fencer is excited for the beginning of the season. Besides winning bouts, Luo wants to have a good and competitive season. Co-Captain Ursula Blanchard ’17 summed up what Luo brings to the team.

He’s helped revitalize the boys sabre squad. He’s brought competition, experience, and spirit into the team.”

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