What is Fencing?
The sport of Fencing has been compared to many things, the most popular is "Physical Chess" as the sport requires precise thought and decision making while being active and executing the decided movements. As a sport, fencing develops balance, muscle control, observation and critical thinking. Competitors analyze their opponents and then defeat them using the appropriate techniques.
However, unlike a contemporary chess match, fencing matches are raucous events! Spectators cheering touches, fencers pumping themselves up with their own cheers after a point.
Who Should Fence?
Everyone! Young and old alike are welcome to join and try fencing. A person is never too old to challenge themselves by trying a new activity (A competitor at the Veteran World Championships in 2010 was in his 90s), and numerous studies have shown the benefit children get from sports participation (many of the top US fencers started as children and now represent their country at World Championships and the Olympics). Indeed, as fencing requires athletes to both observe and analyze their opponents while at the same time splitting their attention to their own techniques, fencing is ideally suited to a fast-paced culture where people have several things going on at once.
Is It Complicated to Learn?
While it might take some time to master, you will learn to be able to watch and score a match in just 8 weeks. At Lincoln Square Fencing we teach Foil & Saber fencing and ensure that each athlete knows how to judge touches appropriate to their level of experience. A concept such as "Right-of-Way" is broken into its parts and explained through the course so that you know not only what happened, but also if you did the right thing each time. Parents and family members are also encouraged to attend and learn the basics of Right-of-Way.
This video quickly and easily explains how to watch Saber, one of the weapons taught at LSF.