Benefits of Fencing

Fencing has huge benefits to all ages, especially young children. Apart from the obvious, health and fitness gains, fencing uses quick decision making skills and strategy to ensure a win over your opponent. Therefore, we focus on lotsof consentraation and focus games. This enhances a child’s congative skills and the more they are able to excercies thier mind the better and faster it becomes.

 

Strength and Endurance: 

Fencing involves constant footwork and it’s necessary to be able to move quickly, lightness of the feet and be movement flexibility. Since fencing bouts involve many attacks and counterattacks, so a competitor needs good muscular endurance to avoid becoming fatigued during a match- in both the lower body and upper body. 

Stress Reduction: 

Young people can often find school a stressful place. Because fencing is both a physical and mental sport, it is extremely stress reducing. The mind is focused on a game, and the body is producing feel-good endorphins, resulting in a win-win situation as far as the body is concerned.

Increased Mental Agility, concentration and focus: 

Fencing is often referred to as physical chess due to the logic and strategy tactics behind the movements. It enhances analytical and strategic capabilities by emphasizing a cool and calculating manner before passion and improvisation. Matches are won on split-second physical and psychological observations of an opponent’s skills and fencing personality, whether passive or aggressive.

Emphasises agility, alertness and endurance:

The art of fencing requires quick responsive movements to counter attacks from an opponent and to place the opponent on the defensive.  This requires the mind and body to remain agile and alert.

Increased Anaerobic Fitness: 

It is an explosive start/stop sport where periods of high intensity activity are interspersed by periods of recovery. Fencing will help develop the body’s ability to perform activity independent of oxygen consumption. As the body’s anaerobic fitness improves, it can work harder and for longer before lactic acid builds up in the muscles and forces them to slow down or stop.

Increased Flexibility: 

Fencing requires the use of a wide range of motion to respond and deflect opposing attacks.  The core, arms, and legs all develop a good deal of flexibility in regular fencers.

Improved behaviour, anger management, courtesy and respect:

Fencing is a sport with a long tradition of teaching self-discipline, courtesy and respect for both their fellow participants, officials and coaches.  Fighting Fit has a zero-tolerance approach to bad behaviour, rule breaking or disrespect for others.  Fencing is often referred to as the European martial art and shares a lot of values of these highly disciplined sports.

Increased Balance: 

Since fencing is an offensive and defensive sport, balance is key. The constant motion strengthens the core and increases balance in day to day life as well.

Preparation for learning:

There have been many studies of the benefit of sport regarding academic performance.  For example, it has been shown that regular physical exercise can improve key grades by 10-15%.  Fencing is far better than most sports in this respect.  It’s combination :of thinking and doing are the key drivers to help improve results in the class room.

Cardiovascular Health: 

As the respiratory rate increases and deepens during a match, the oxygen levels in the blood rise. When the heart rate increases, the small blood vessels, or capillaries, widen. By doing so regularly, it makes the heart stronger, pumping blood more efficiently - even when not exercising.

Increased Anaerobic Fitness: 

It is an explosive start/stop sport where periods of high intensity activity are interspersed by periods of recovery. Fencing will help develop the body’s ability to perform activity independent of oxygen consumption. As the body’s anaerobic fitness improves, it can work harder and for longer before lactic acid builds up in the muscles and forces them to slow down or stop.

Increased Coordination: 

Unlike cyclic sports such as running and rowing, fencing requires the body to move in full range, forcing arms and legs to work together in a harmonious fashion as they attack, defend and counter attack. Coordination makes all these moves smoother and more efficient during a match.