Most parents are aware that playing sports is a good way to develop skills that will help their child socially and academically. Sport fencing is an individual and team activity that offers benefits and skills that will be used throughout your child’s life. There is so much more to this sport than physical activity, which means that it helps equip your child to deal with different situations that go beyond fencing.
The stamina, strength, and coordination required for fencing combine to create a high-impact aerobic workout. As your child practices and competes, he or she is building their personal level of fitness. This will help them maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and healthy diet throughout his or her life. Starting children off with a healthy and fit lifestyle will help them be healthier as adults, too. Sure, there are children who do not commit to the sport and may not continue the habits they learn but many children fall in love with fencing and become dedicated to their fitness.
Have you ever asked your child to do something while they are thinking or working on something else and watched them become flustered or frustrated? Fencing teaches children to develop mental agility by demanding that they think on their feet. Your child will be prepared to handle offensive, defensive and challenging moments without falling apart. This is a level of mental agility that will serve your child in school, in the workplace and socially throughout his or her life.
When a child has the size to play a sport like football the skill is something that they will develop to go along with it. With fencing, size doesn’t matter. The skill and talent of even the smallest child will help them defeat opponents and develop confidence. How many sports can you think of that level the playing field no matter the size, age, sex or personality of the opponents? Not many! The confidence your child gains in this sport will stick with him and prepare him to handle adult situations as they arise.
Learning to evaluate a situation, decide on a plan of action and carry through with that plan are all areas of discipline that many children lack. When fencing, your child will learn many different aspects of discipline from time management to diet, and these skills will help as your child becomes an adult.
Children as young as 6 years old can begin learning this sport and the skills involved. It may take time to build fitness, confidence, discipline, and mental agility but as you watch your child learn and grow you will be able to see the difference. Sport fencing will become part of a well-rounded childhood and continue to help your child grow into a mature and confident, skilled adult.