About Fencing Sport
Fencing originated from Europe based on sword fighting, dueling and self defense. It is considered one of the knight's activities. In mid 1700, Fencing has become a established sport with rules and organizations. There are three different weapons and hence three branches of the sports: foil, épée, and sabre. With further standardization and refinements, sport fencing became internationally competed sport event. It was included in the first Olympics in 1896 in Athens, and has remained in the Olympics ever since. It is one of the only 4 sports that are in each and every Olympic games.
The foil is a light thrusting weapon, used for fencing training in the past. The foil may target the torso, neck, and groin, but not the arms or legs. It has the concept of "right of way". Épée is also a thrusting weapon, heavier than foil. It was a duel weapon. In épée, the entire body is valid target. Épée does not use "right of way" and awards simultaneous touches to both fencers. Sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon that was used by cavalry combat. Sabre targets the entire body above the waist, except the weapon hand. It also uses "right of way".
Fencing is a high speed and high intensity sport. A good fencer not only has great physical speed and skills, but also strong mental skills to be able to observe subtle cues from the opponent, determine the intention and decide on the strategy to defend the attack from the opponent, at the same time attack the opponent effectively. With this unique requirement on mental agility, fencing sport is also known as the "Physical Chess".
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. What is the proper age for kids to start learning fencing?
A. There is no simple answer as everyone is different. A child may start when he or she can focus on training and not run around. Fencing can be learned as early as age of eight; also depends on the maturity of the individual. Certain amount of strength and control is required to wield a sword effectively. We will test to see if
your child has the required strength.
Q. Is fencing safe?
A. Fencing is very safe. It is an extraordinarily safe sport considering its heritage and nature. Although the sword used is real, but its end is blunted and covered by flat metal "button". The risk of being injured by broken blade is rare. Wearing proper protective gear also significantly reduces any potential risk. Today, the best fencing jackets, pants and masks are often made with puncture-resistant fabrics. Anyone can learn to fence safely with the right instruction. Following common-sense safety rules and guidelines are what make this sport safe and enjoyable.
Q. What's the benefit of learning fencing?
A. Fencing is getting more popular. There are many benefits to participate in youth fencing. Children learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. They learn to compete independently as well as for a team; they learn to enjoy winning and profit from defeats, while becoming physically fit and healthy; and, most importantly, they learn to make complex decisions, analyze problems, and think fast. These ideals help children reach their potential in many areas other than fencing. Of course, it's also a great way to get in shape and stay in shape.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. Fencing is a combat sport and your eventual goal is to compete in tournaments. As a beginner, it is necessary to have a fencing jacket, plastron (under arm protector), glove, mask, and practice foil. The cost is anywhere between several hundreds to over a thousand dollars. After a while, you will need to buy higher quality gears to meet the minimum safety regulations of the tournaments.