Why Fencing Is the Best Sport For Your Kids
What exactly is Fencing?
According to Wikipedia:
"Fencing  is a group of three related combat sports. The three disciplines in modern Fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre (also saber); winning points happens through the weapon's contact with an opponent.
Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Modern Olympics. Based on traditional swordsmanship skills, this modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century.
There are three forms of modern Fencing, each of which uses a different kind of weapon and has different rules; thus, the sport itself is divided into three competitive scenes: foil, épée, and sabre. Most competitive fencers choose to specialize in one weapon only.
Fun fact: Competitive Fencing is one of the five activities featured in every modern Olympic Games, the other four being athletics, cycling, swimming, and gymnastics.
Three Benefits of Fencing
Fencing has many benefits and deserves due consideration for anyone interested in trying something different.
The 3 benefits we'll cover are:
- Fencing as an individual sport
- Fencing as a safe sport
- Fencing as a lifelong sport
Let's jump in.
Fencing is an Individual Sport
Fencing: Safer than Table Tennis.
Many parents worry about their child's chances of getting injured, however slight, which can ruin the enjoyment of watching their child grow and win.
But don't worry, Fencing has a lower injury rate than Table Tennis!
That's right, all those late nights in the dorms playing Ping Pong put you at more risk of injury than your kid will face during their career in Fencing.
A study of injuries occurring in Olympic competition ranks Fencing as having one of the lowest injury rates, making it one of the safest Olympic sports.
Graphic by Jen Christiansen, Illustrations by MCKIBILLO; Source: Lars Engebretsen, University of Oslo) https://www.fencing.net/13020/fencing-safer-than-badminton/
In that study of injuries from the 2008 Olympics, only five summer Olympic sports posted lower injury rates than Fencing. Those were diving, synchronized swimming, rowing, kayak, and sailing.
Furthermore, the sport offers excellent physical benefits.
The bouts are short and quick, which helps train the anaerobic system of the body. Very much like football does. Reflexes and flexibility are paramount and well as speed, precision, and determination.
Fencing is a lifelong sport.
The Bottom Line
Should your kid do Fencing?
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