What is Fencing?
Commonly referred to as “physical chess”, Fencing has a long history as an Olympic sport. It was one of only nine sports to be featured in the first modern Olympics in 1896. Fencing is a group of three very similar combat sports. The three weapons are foil, epee, and sabre. The game is a competition between 2 competitors with two blunt sword-like weapons (foil, sabre or epee). Each weapon has slightly different rules for scoring but, in general, each fencer attempts to their opponent to score points. To learn more about fencing visit the links below.
Fencing is an exceptionally safe sport, with fencers suffering fewer injuries than athletes in most other Olympic Sports. It is fun to learn and can be done year-round. Fencing is a great activity for all kinds of kids, even those who may have difficulty with other organized sports. Because the sport is so unique, children are required to learn how to control their body in a way different than they ever have before. Fencing requires a great deal of mental focus without realizing it and promotes good sportsmanship, positive competition, and well-rounded physical education. All of these help children grow and succeed in different areas of life.
Benefits of Fencing?
There are multiple benefits of fencing. Fencing can be an extremely useful tool in training a child's ability to focus along with building self-confidence. This new-found ability can carry over into academics and other areas of a child’s life. Fencers develop good hand-eye coordination, balance, and quick reflexes. Fencing also maintains a healthy body through a mix of strength and cardio exercise. Finally, fencing teaches many important life lessons. Because fencing is an individual sport, it helps grows self-discipline and a competitive spirit.