Fencing is a mental game (wrestling, soccer, tennis, basketball), a multi-step strategy game (chess), and a high intensity cardio game (running, triathlon, swimming etc.).
Combining all three is exponentially more intensive; it promotes brain growth, emotional management and mastery, deep understanding of person to person interaction, self awareness and self growth.
Some benefits of fencing:
Fencing provides a tremendous boost to your health. The basic format of a fencing bout is “high intensity interval training” (HIIT) with its advantages of a cardio workout, muscle development, endurance, weight management, prevention/management of heart disease and sugar management issues. Fencers rarely get sick and keep fencing well into their 80s while warding of both physical and mental aging.
Fencing promotes both physical and mental fitness.
A holistic definition of physical fitness is an increased work capacity that includes mastery of several attributes including strength, endurance, power, speed, balance and coordination and being able to improve the amount of work done in a given time.
Mental fitness is ability to sustain-ably engage the intellect, understand and pickup cues from reality, without disturbances for the internal emotional engine with its needs and requirements. Good fencing requires this, and fencing coaching helps build it.
Fencing is physical chess (Cardio chess). A fencer is trying to to out-think another human being, while trying to score a point in a very close combat position, but with high safety and protective gear. It is the second fasted Olympic sport (after shooting). Your physical (genetic) ability are a distant second to your mental ability for winning. Hence all kind of people (shapes, height and body types) do well in fencing.
Emotional Mastery is an absolute requirement in good fencing. Each point earned in a fencing bout bears no relationship to previous point or the history of the bout. A fencer learns to reset themselves after each point. This mental resilience is key to success in life, and to fencing. This is taught during the coaching of fencing.
Fencers learn and benefit from the emotional awareness, and subsequently emotional mastery that the sport and the camaraderie – built within the fencing community, provide.
TFC students learn not to buy in or believe in “single coach worship” or “my club must beat other clubs” viewpoint that has become a growth limiting factor of small mindedness. Instead we focus on “growth first” and “respect all and learn from all” viewpoint that expands the mind and its vision.
This is a civilized sport. Winning (or losing) in a bout is healthy as is the friendship afterwards.