4 Reasons Why People Should Start Fencing

By Kingsley Hunter on February 1, 2021

Fencing is an activity that I recently picked up this past September and so far I am loving it. Fencing is a sport that involves two participants who do battle with the goal to hit each other with swords and whoever gets the most touches within a certain time limit, the person wins. I got into fencing while surfing on a Groupon website and saw they had beginner fencing lessons for a discounted price. Also, add in the fact that I saw a few commercials that featured fencing and I was eager to try it. It was something new and I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone.

In this article, I will give you four legit reasons why people should pick up a fencing blade and start poking!

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1. It’s a great exercise! - Fencing involves a lot of cardio and endurance. Constantly moving up and down the battle strip, lunging forward, and retreating away from your opponent can be quite tiring, to say the least. Not to mention wearing the traditional fencing gear that includes a big bulky mask, a protective jacket, and fencing pants that go all the way up to your ribcage! Just like in any sport, the more you play it, the more your body will become more accustomed and adjusted to what you are putting your body through. Fencing is fun, yet challenging.

2. Meeting new faces! - Before I started my fencing journey, the number one thing I looked forward to was meeting new people without question. Like I said prior, I wanted to break out of my shell and socialize and this was the perfect opportunity.  The first thing I realized is that a lot of the teens at my facility have been fencing since they were around eight years old! So they were in fact teaching me and showing me the ropes. My three coaches are without a doubt some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. They laugh and joke around, but they will indeed be tough on me if I do a bad lunge or I accidentally break a blade…oops! Meeting people from different walks of life and coming together because we share a common interest is cool to think about and you can truly build lifelong friendships along the way.

 

3. It gives your mind/brain a workout as well! - The first thing my coach told me is that fencing is more of a mental game than a physical. When I first started fencing, I would just charge straight at my opponent and try to stick him with my weapon and that is not proper fencing at all. During the heat of battle, you have to study what kind of moves or tricks your adversary likes to do; so eventually you can counter it to hopefully get a touch. I am still in the process of learning that, as I still charge at my opponent like a freight train, but I will get there eventually. If you are a thinker, then fencing may be the sport for you!

4. It is a lifelong investment - The sport of fencing is quite costly as you are going to have to pay for classes, monthly club dues, and your fencing gear. But fencing is a sport that you can participate in well into your seventies! In fact, one of my coaches is currently 68 and I can honestly say he is the best fencer there. I go against him once a week and I have yet to defeat him in a full bout, but I will one of these days for sure. He still lunges, bounces, and retreats like he is still in his twenties which is highly impressive. He uses his mind more than his physical ability because as I said before, fencing is a mental game. When it comes to fencing, age really is just a number and it is never too late to start.

I would have never thought that I would be fencing at any point in my life, but I’m glad I am. I’ve met a lot of new people, I’m in much better shape, I’m being challenged mentally and physically and it’s a sport that I want to do for the foreseeable future. I recommend anyone to look into their local fencing club and give it a go.

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