There are some unexpected benefits from helping your child practice fencing. Just like school, the lessons need to be practiced at home if they are to become an inherent part of the child’s skills and personality. And there are rewards you may not be able to get or give any other way.
Good Sportsmanship In All Things
Fencing has very specific rules of engagement, and good sportsmanship is a large part of the behavior that goes with this sport. In fact, one might say that fencers have a sense of respect and chivalry that goes above and beyond. You can encourage this attitude by reminding your child to treat others well, no matter the situation. It helps to ask questions like “What would your fencing coach tell think about your actions?” or “How would you handle this in fencing?”
When your child faces obstacles in life, encourage him or her to see them as a fencing opponent. What are the strengths and weaknesses? Where is the best area to focus on in order to overcome the obstacle with dignity intact? Remember, these are large lessons for kids, so try to word them in such a way that the child can relate and apply what they learned in fencing, but see the correlation between the two as well.
Just as every fencer has weaknesses in their technique that they should work on. More than that, they have strengths to build on. Encourage your child to look at their strengths at home and accept their weaknesses while finding a way to develop them.
Have Some Fun Fencing Practice
It’s helpful if your child gets to practice sparring at home, but you may not have fencing equipment to do so with them. Talk to the coach about techniques you can have them practice at home. But, don’t be afraid to have a little fun with it either. This is the part where you can let your child lead the way. They know the techniques they need to practice, and will surely take pride in sharing them with you. You’ll learn some fencing methods yourself, but your child will feel a great sense of pride in being able to teach you something.
Fencing practice isn’t just about sparring. There are life lessons to be taken from it. Like any other lessons, practice helps turn strengths into habits, both physically and mentally. You can drop your child off at fencing practice and call it a day, but you’ll both get more out of it if you and your child work on applying the principles at home, too.