When most think of sport fencing or sword fighting they tend to picture parrying and thrusting against an opponent. Yes, this is what fencing is about but the challenges of the sport are less about the opponent and more about the individual.
Sport fencing is a very precise sport that requires a great deal of time and practice to be successful. The hours spent on the mat and in the gym to keep your body in perfect shape for fencing and to practice your dexterity and strength can take time away from other activities. Many people who began fencing as children have continued into adulthood and have found that fencing can disrupt romantic relationships and may even need to be cut back in order to have career. Each individual’s dedication is a personal thing and will vary from fencer to fencer.
Fencing requires a great amount of discipline. Once you get a sword in your hand you won’t turn into a swashbuckling pirate with a sweeping broadsword. You will have to learn the ins and outs of an intricate dance that has many strict rules and regulations. The discipline to strike an opponent only in a specific area, the discipline to maintain your training to be the best you can be and the discipline to really learn the sport are important if you plan to enjoy sport fencing as a hobby.
While you will face an opponent and have the opportunity to score a win against him, sport fencing is a solitary sport. This means that you don’t have a team effort to achieve a victory, all you have is yourself. Your training, your skill, your athleticism and your knowledge are what help you win against opponents.
Because of these things, sport fencing is a daily challenge against you. Do you have what it takes to stick to it, to learn the intricacies, to overcome your personal obstacles in order to succeed?