The sport of fencing is fast, athletic and exciting. It is a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping off from balconies, you will see two skilled fencers moving back and forth on a 2m x 14m strip. The action is so fast the touches are scored electronically.
Coordination, speed, agility and self-assurance are just a few of the qualities this sport requires of its participants. A fencer needs not only to be quick of body, but of mind as well. The intensity of fencing, and the extreme demands it places on one are a natural result of fencing's violent history. And while fencing has morphed from combat to sport, and possessing these skills no longer carries a life or death consequence, they are however, a large part what make fencing such an exhilarating endeavour.
A successful fencer must be capable of mounting powerful driving attacks or conversely, of making subtle and crafty defences, all within the space of a few seconds. Brawn only, will not take you far in fencing: intellect is paramount. A good fencer must be clever and with unwavering concentration able to conceive and execute calculated moves quickly.
The spirit of fair play and honour is an integral part of fencing. A maximum of politeness and consideration is always observed while competing with others. Fencing is as much an attitude as it is a sport and those who participate in fencing find that it can profoundly affect their lives.
Physically demanding, mentally challenging, character developing and cool weapons, what more could one ask for?!
How will Fencing benefit you, your children?
Fencing provides physical and cognitive benefits. Students describe fencing like a physical "game of chess." It takes strategy and quick reflexes. Your opponent can make an attack in any number of ways and your defence needs to come in a split second, and in the next split second, you've got to make your attack.
Fencers learn good sportsmanship, self-discipline, gain quick reflexes and how to compete independently. They gain a sense of accomplishment when winning and learn to profit from their defeats. They learn to make complex decisions, analyse problems, and think fast on their feet. These ideals help children reach their potential in many areas other than fencing:
- First, they are active and doing something
- Fencing helps children get fit – you can’t “swordfight” without a good bit of movement!
- Fencing helps children learn to pay attention, concentrate and to develop their decision-making abilities.
- Because fencing is an individual sport, the fencer is responsible for their success or failure, which becomes a great lesson in responsibility.
- It provides an outlet for aggression in a safe and controlled environment.
- Fencing is suited for those that like to do things for themselves – if your child is into puzzles and other problem-solving games then the individual and mental components mesh nicely into a new and cool activity.
Is it safe?
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Fencing is one of the safest sports that you can compete in. The most common injuries in fencing reflect those of other sports – ligament sprains and muscle strains account for over half of the injuries. Though puncture wounds can occur due to a broken fencing blade, these injuries are rare and the safety equipment for fencing is specifically designed to prevent injuries.
There have been seven recorded deaths in fencing since 1937. Compare that with sports such as football, where there were 22 deaths since 2000.