In Depth


“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Okay, maybe fencing in real life doesn’t have
the same gravity as the fight scenes in “The
Princess Bride.” But for eighth grader Mayu Alten,
the sport takes on different meaning. Alten picked
up fencing about two years ago, and has gotten
significantly better since. Now, she trains at
the Silicon Valley Fencing Center with three
different coaches. She trains six days a week;
although the duration of her practice varies, it
can be as long as two and a half hours. Alten
participates in many fencing tournaments all
over the country, where she showcases her hardwork and dedication. Though Alten is moving
on to high school, she wants to continue her hobby
and still feels motivated to improve.

“I enjoy the satisfaction of mastering a new move and how I feel after each bout — even when I lose,”
Alten said.

Interview conducted by Kendall Cook; photo taken by Garrett Walker.