Hi everyone !!!
When he was young , Thierry and his brother had a toy shop ( Jouet Club ) and a sailboard shop . But he decided to stop this job after a little misadventure ... It was very radical : he said to his brother « I am fed up of that , I stop everything ! » ... and he left .
Then he became a fencing master . Now , he is OUR fencing master ( yes , because I do fencing ) and I wanted to know his daily life during 3 days . That's why I chose him .
I wasn 't disappointed . I discovered things that I didn't expect him to do : he has lots of administrative papers to complete , lots of foils , swords to repair , lots of competitions to prepare ( hotels and transports to reserve ) , equipment to buy , lots of rude children to bear and the last thing that I could imagine : sometimes he has to take the fencers , who are in boarding school , to the hospital because their parents can't do it quickly , before an important competition .
I have never thought it was so hard to be a fencing master . Thierry told me that is not very well payed , so to have a decent wage , he has to give lessons to pupils , at school or directly in the fencing hall .
But apart from all these things , he loves his job . He said that what he enjoys the most is to see the young fencers ( he noticed their potential ) grow up and gain experience , see them go to competition and maybe win ! It is very satisfying for him . He also likes the contact .
During my work experience , I've discovered another part of this job , I saw the submerged part of the iceberg . I saw ... the reality . Despite his passion for fencing , he has to work very hard and sometimes to put his family life a bit apart . However he is happy and as I said he loves his job .