She Says- Here we go… I am going to need 9-1-1 on speed dial. I always tell my kids not to play with knives, so I wonder, am I being a hypocrite? Am I going to be strong enough?
I am going to hurt someone. Probably myself.
The place we chose to go was Bad Axe in Kitchener. It is kind of a hidden gem and it was really hard to find at the rear of the plaza.
This was kinda out of my element. When I was a teenager I loved to be tough. I liked it when guys underestimated me and I could keep up with them. Nowadays I am not as physical as I used to be and I am not invincible anymore hence my hesitation for this night out.
We went for the hour walk-in deal. Hmmm, throwing an axe for an hour… I am going to be a sweaty mess. We arrive and the coach tells us the spiel. I am so relieved that someone will be guiding me and ideally making sure I don’t hurt someone. Our coach (Jeremy) was so nice. He gave us a ton of tips on where to stand, how to hold and throw
the axes, and details about the different kinds axes they have.
I can tell that I’m still nervous because as I throw, I am trying not to throw too hard (I don’t want it to fly back at me). Jeremy was great about watching us and giving suggestions as to how to improve.
It took a long time to get over my nerves but as our coach gave me more help, my confidence grew… a little…
I was a little jealous because my hubby just gives an easy heave and every axe is sticking in place. He’s always been a book worm who didn’t care about sports, but when he tries them they seem to come fairly easy for him.
Yes! I got one to stick. I couldn’t help but do a dance it was a huge accomplishment for me.
It was nice that I never felt like our coach was standing over our shoulders judging but he did keep an eye on us so that he could help us out when needed. He even showed us some tricks when we were starting to get a little better (2 axes, underhand). It really felt cool to try these I almost feel like Xena warrior princess. I am definitely not that good, but it felt neat.
I thought that it was going to feel like an aggressive sport but it didn’t feel that way at all. It was a good workout and it was very rewarding when I actually hit the board.
So I have to say this was a fun night out. No one was hurt. Hip Hip Hooray! And I wasn’t as nervous by the end of the night. I would love to do this again sometime. But new adventures are just around the corner.
He Said – Last night my wife asked me to go axe throwing with her. We haven’t had much time together this week so maybe she has an axe to grind? (I couldn’t help myself). Honestly, I wasn’t super excited about this one. I couldn’t get over the fact that we were spending $20 each to throw an axe at a wall for an hour. Kind of sounded monotonous. Oh well, I agreed to be open to new things.
We decided to go to Kitchener to check out Bad Axe Throwing. Once we arrived in
Kitchener, it only took us about 40 minutes of cruising around with our 11 year old GPS, and a friendly conversation with a wonderful Asian man, in order to find the place. Seriously, this place was hard to find. It’s tucked behind the Planet Fitness in a plaza on Strasburg Road, drive behind the plaza and you’ll find it in the back. It’s kind of sketchy, but colour me intrigued!
The atmosphere inside is casual and understated. They only accept debit (tap) and credit, but this wasn’t much of an inconvenience. We had to sign a standard you-realize-this-is-dangerous-and-you-could-die-or-be-maimed waiver. Once we signed the waver we were ready to get our axes in gear! The staff at Bad Axe give you a brief coaching session on how to properly throw the axes and you’re good to go.
And I. Was. Good. I mean, eat your heart out Mel Gibson, I was on fire. Okay, so it took a few tries to get the hang of it and I wondered if it was a total waste of money until – THUNK! The axe sunk into the wood. Prying the axe head out of the split fibres filled me with so much pride. I really got into it. THUNK! THUNK! THUNK! THUNK! One axe after another found it’s mark – or close to it’s mark. Two axes at the same time! WACK! THUNK! That’s 50%… Then THUNK! THUNK! Lol How many more times can I write THUNK? Let me THUNK about it…. okay that was the last one. Please don’t leave.
My verdict? Throwing axes is a lot of fun and takes a lot of skill. The hour passed very quickly and I found myself wanting more time but we had to get back to the kids. Jeremy (@theaxehunter), the coach, was awesome! He was knowledgeable, offered great tips, taught us some trick throws and kept things flowing for the hour. If you haven’t already, go check out Bad Axe Throwing and give Jeremy a like on Instagram!