Fencing is a sport of agility, takes considerable skill, and does a lot to train both the mind and body. Despite all of the positive benefits of participation, there are still a myriad of misconceptions out there about the sport. Let’s put a few to rest today.
Fencing is Just for Boys
This stereotypical misconception seems to apply itself to just about every sport and we’re not sure why it still exists in 2017, but it does. Truth be told, girls get all of the same benefits from this sport that boys do – aerobic exercise, stress relief, strategic thinking skills, and discipline, just to name some. Fencing is just accessible to girls as it is to boys and is a great, well-rounded activity regardless of gender.
Fencing is Not Athletic
For some reason people think this sport isn’t athletic. Most people who practice need to be very athletic, working on speed and endurance in order to sustain themselves throughout a match. Classical and Olympic fencing are both demanding on the body and require dedication and perseverance in order to control their heart rates, move quickly, and be light on their feet.
Fencing Isn’t Competitive
Olympic fencing is obviously competitive. The classical version may be perceived as non-competitive but nothing could be further from the truth. While the Olympics are competitive in that one person needs to hit the other most, classical fencers are competitive in that they need to hit without being touched. They perceive any and all strikes as potentially deadly and keep this mindset throughout practice and competition. If the swords were real, the situation would be life and death.
Fencing may not be the most talked about or common activity today, but it’s one filled with dedicated artists devoted to studying and mastering complex skills. On the fence about giving it a try? Stop by to watch a class. You’ll be amazed at what you see and learn.