European Swordsmanship (Foil-Epee-Sabre-Broadsword Swordsmanship), whether for sport or for combat, has been practiced for centuries. With the decline of dueling, fencing became popular as a sport because of the many rewards it gives its followers, both men and women. Fencing develops physical fitness, mental concentration, coordination, speed, and agility.
For starters, fencing is one of the few sports that exercise all of the body's major muscle systems. Despite all the sword waving you see in the movies, fencing works both the arms and legs. In fact, says Dr. Marius P. Valsimis, Chairman of the United States Fencing Association's Medical Commission, a 1975 study showed that amateur fencers had stronger legs than many professional athletes. Plus, says Dr. Valasimis, fencing is both aerobic and anaerobic.
Fencing can help you acquire the reflexes of a boxer, the legs of a high-jumper, and the concentration of a tournament chess player. But the best thing about fencing is - IT'S FUN!
On the psychological side, fencing sharpens your wits, making you more alert. "You need to read your opponent's body language," adds Dr. Valsimis, "and you develop your self-reliance and ability to think under pressure."
One of the things fencing teaches is how to keep your cool and defend yourself when someone is threatening you. Yet it is not a violent sport, and about the only danger of injury is from a muscle pull.
Fencing has everything you could want from a sport. It has tradition and elegance plus it is the fastest martial sport of them all. But physical conditioning is not the only benefit fencing offers. Fencing also develops mental concentration. As the old fencing masters used to point out, fencing is like playing chess 90 miles per hour, it is as much as a game of skill as chess because you have to plan three and four moves ahead, but you have to react in a split second. The mental side is just as important as the physical and it's great for relieving stress.
At the Academy, Kiraly covers all aspects of fencing; foot drill, weapon drill, tactics, rules, scoring and judging. Open fencing and competitions.
It is important to remember that fencing is dominated by skill not strength, so women can do as well as men. Anyone can fence as long as you are in good health. So call and join now and get in the best shape of your life and enjoy the best art and sport of them all.
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