Fencing provides physical and cognitive benefits.
Students describe fencing like a physical “game of
chess.” It takes strategy and quick reflexes. Your
opponent can make an attack in any number of ways
and your defense needs to come in a split second, and
in the next split second, you’ve got to make your attack.
Fencers learn good sportsmanship, self-discipline,
gain quick reflexes and how to compete independently.
They gain a sense of accomplishment when winning
and learn to profit from their defeats. They learn to make
complex decisions, analyze problems, and think fast on
their feet. These ideals help children reach their
potential in many areas other than fencing.
• They are active and doing something, not being
passive receptacles for programming beamed out from
• Fencing helps children get fit – you can’t “sword fight”
without a good bit of movement!
• Educators are discovering that fencing can enhance
• Fencing helps children learn to pay attention and to
develop their decision-making abilities.
• Fencing helps people with ADD and ADHD to focus.
• Because fencing is an individual sport, the fencer is
solely responsible for their success or failure, which
becomes a great lesson in responsibility.
• At the same time, being a member of a fencing club
gives the fencer an opportunity to participate in a group
setting, where friendships are made and true sports-
manship is encouraged.