Why Start Fencing?
Fencing is an ideal sport with which to empower youth. It is flexible and easily accessible, in that it does not require specialized fields or courts and can be played in almost any open space, including cafeterias, auditoriums, and even open classrooms, making it perfect for urban areas without space for physical education.
Fencing is also a lifetime sport. School-age children, teenagers and college students fence at local clubs and at their schools and universities, while adults from their twenties into their seventies can be found on fencing strips around the country, exercising their minds and bodies.
The Olympic sport of fencing provides a well-rounded form of mental and physical exercise essential for total health and wellness. When practiced by children during their developing years, martial arts such as fencing have been shown to increase executive function including focus, suppression of impulsive reactions, and mental manipulation of ideas. It is a fast-paced game and a great way to burn calories and stay in shape generally; for example, fencers have been shown to have significantly increased bone and muscle mass compared with controls, which help prevent injury and osteoporosis.
Fencing is also an exceptionally safe sport, with fencers suffering fewer injuries than athletes in most other Olympic Sports including swimming, table tennis, and curling.