Fencing is potentially one of the most enjoyable of all exercise forms. Most importantly, fencing is good exercise both for the body and the mind. It is very challenging as well as fun.
Fencing is an all-year-round activity: ideal for the wet, cold days of winter when outdoor sports are not so popular.
It's open to anyone who welcomes a challenge both mental and physical. People of all ages, from 7 to 70 and beyond, can enjoy the benefits of fencing. Improved coordination, great cardiovascular fitness, sharpened reflexes, muscle tone, poise, and confidence all develop quickly with a good fencing program. Regular fencing training provides an interesting aid to improve general fitness suitable for people of all ages.
To many, fencing might seem a wild and furious activity. In fact it is a sport that requires a good deal of control and discipline. To be effective a fencer must master very specific rules and techniques. Sometimes called "physical chess", fencing is largely a contest of mental agility. While physical ability is important, its mental aspects make it a sport suitable for a wide range of ages and physical abilities. Just about everyone can exploit some personal characteristic to her or his advantage.
Most universities have fencing teams, and adult competitions are held between clubs all over the country and the world.
The sport requires no prior skills but fencers soon develop keen reflexes, balance and the ability to outwit their opponent in a game that is often referred to as "lightning chess".
Cool Fencing Facts
Fencing has been a competitive sport in every modern Olympic Games since 1896, and is one of only four sports with this distinction.
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, was himself a fencer. He wanted to include horseback fencing in the Olympic program!
According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, the tip of the sword is the second-fastest-moving object in Olympic sports-the bullet is first.
At least one ancient Egyptian temple features a painting of a fencing match. The painting dates back to 1190 B.C.!