When it comes to manners in fencing, there are specific elements that not only benefit the sport and the individuals participating in it, but can also be of benefit outside the classroom. This is especially true because fencing encompasses a sort of elegance and level of respect that you may not find in other sports.
Manners in Fencing Practice
Every fencing class has a requirement when it comes to being prepared and greeting the coach or instructor. In some classes, they bow. In other classes, they say a specific phrase. Whatever they do, being prepared is a key element. It wold be a sign of disrespect to the instructor to not be prepared or to not arrive on time. Unless otherwise directed, there is also no reason to touch another student’s equipment. This is taken very seriously and is among some of the first things the students learn. Note: When using borrowed equipment from the school, the equipment is treated by others as if it belongs to the student using it.
Transferring Fencing Manners
In the long run, these manners transfer outside of fencing practice. In part, this is because it simply becomes a habit to behave with respect to yourself and others. However, the act of fencing itself makes you more aware of your body, the people around you, and the items that belong to others. This awareness creates a certain level of respect for self and others. The rules in fencing can also transfer outside the classroom so that students compare actions. For example, when one student is disrespectful to an adult, a fencing student might not be because they would ask themselves how their fencing instructor would respond to this level of respect.
Though many sports help develop respect for authority figures and team mates, fencing involves equipment and practices that aren’t normally found outside that particular setting. Therefore, manners in fencing may be the most direct route to cultivating manners outside of fencing.