Is Fencing For Me?

Fencing is one of the most inclusive sports, building both mind and body.

Fencing can help younger students build self-esteem, provides a great physical workout, and ensures that the mind is constantly engaged.

It is said that fencing is one of the only sports which requires a mental skill to match the physical skill if you are to be successful.

Is Fencing Dangerous?

As a martial art, fencing can be seen to be a dangerous sport. However, this is far from the truth. All fencers are protected by several pieces of safety kit (e.g. masks, gloves, plastron, jacket, etc.) which ensure safety.

Furthermore, all our coaches are extremely experienced and know how to ensure the safety of our members. A number of our coaches are first aid qualified, and maintaining order is important to ensure a good time is had by all.

Some people worry about the blades used. All blades are made to international fencing standards, are not sharp and are specially developed for the sport. Modern fencing is based around three swords – the foil, the epee and the sabre. These three swords are all designed with safety in mind – there are no sharp points or edges.

The general injuries seen in fencing are the same for most sports – pulled muscles from not warming up correctly, twisted ankles, etc. And even these are rare. Most injuries are prevented by a good warm up – mandatory in all our sessions – and great coaching.

Health

Fencing provides an intense workout for the whole body. It is a fast-paced and physically demanding sport, providing great aerobic exercise and a high-level cardiovascular workout.

Fencers must be agile, flexible, and have great reflexes. The sport requires stamina and coordination, and fencers tend to have lower blood pressure and better resting pulse rates.

Mental Workout

Unlike many sports, fencing relies as much on mental acuity as it does on physical attributes. As well as being in great shape, fencers constantly challenge their minds while training and competing.

Fencers must understand strategy, and need to call on various strategic techniques in every bout.

You need focus, concentration, great powers of observation, self-assurance and discipline.

Fencing training helps to develop these skills – skills which are sorely tested in competition.

Values Skills Over Physical Attributes

When we think of sports, many people think of physically fit individuals who can lift, run, hit a ball, etc. More often than not, height, weight and other physical attributes are an advantage.

This is less so the case with fencing.

People of all sizes, ages and physical abilities have gone on to become champion fencers – and it is a sport where women and men can (and often so) compete against each other.

Builds Confidence

When you fence, you stand up straight, with a key reliance on your posture and balance. You are literally waiting for someone to attack you with a weapon.

The change in posture, the authority to be able to deal with someone constantly attacking you, and the knowledge that honour and skill are paramount amongst fencers helps improve confidence for each fencer.

Social Benefits

Fencing is a social sport. Clubs are a natural home for good friendships and great competition. People from all walks of life fence, with different ability and skill levels.

Anyone joining a club will often find a wide variety of members. It is true to say, with its unique development, fencing attracts a number of people who consider themselves not to be good at sport.

Have Fun

Above all, fencing is fun. While all the other benefits are important, we at King’s Swords see fencing as a fun activity which in enjoyable and helps us develop many other skills. Our specialist coaches are focussed on ensuring that everyone enjoys their Club Time and that each and every fencer develops those skills which will most aid them.