This last week my daughter decided she’d like to follow in my footsteps and try fencing. She’d seen it once before, and thought it was sort of cool. But now she’s taken at it with a vengeance. And she seems to be a natural. Her first bout she beat a kid three times her size. Last night she won two our of three bouts with kids her age. At 7, she seems to have no fear of the blade, great footwork, and an aggressiveness that I never really had. She manages to combine cute with terrifying.