Swordplay Fencing & Fitness Studio

About Fencing

Fencing (foil, epee, sabre)...

Fencing, the art of swordsmanship, has been practiced since the sixteenth century. Once the prerogative of aristocrats, this ancient art has become a modern Olympic event that combines the elements of feinting, parrying, attacking, and riposting in a lightning display of grace and dexterity. The speed of competition is such that electronic scoring of hits is needed to judge bouts.

Through fencing you can acquire the reflexes and timing of a boxer, the muscle tone of a gymnast, and the strategic abilities of a chess master. The sport develops agility and speed as it builds strength and cunning.

We understand that everyone has different goals. We respect your goals and help you be the best you can be while working with you at your individual pace.

Swordplay offers private lessons and group classes to individuals of all ages and every level of expertise. The additional benefits of monthly membership allow you to progress at your own pace. The teaching staff offers instruction for foil, épée, and sabre.


Instructional Fencing Videos

Fencing Footwork

Fencing Advance And Retreat

How To Use A Foil

How To Use An Epee

Spanish Circle

Spanish Circle

4 Basic Parry Areas

4 Basic Fencing Parry Areas

Benefits of Fencing

Strength and Endurance: Fencing involves constant footwork and it’s necessary to be able to move quickly, lightness of the feet and be movement flexibility. Since fencing bouts involve many attacks and counterattacks- so a competitor needs good muscular endurance to avoid becoming fatigued during a match- in both the lower body and upper body.

Increased Anaerobic Fitness: It is an explosive start/stop sport where periods of high intensity activity are interspersed by periods of recovery. Fencing will help develop the body’s ability to perform activity independent of oxygen consumption. As the body’s anaerobic fitness improves, it can work harder and for longer before lactic acid builds up in the muscles and forces them to slow down or stop. Emphasizes agility, alertness, and endurance: The art of fencing requires quick responsive movements to counter attacks from an opponent and to place the opponent on the defensive. This requires the mind and body to remain agile and alert.

Increased Mental Agility: Fencing is often referred to as physical chess due to the logic and strategy tactics behind the movements. It enhances analytical and strategic capabilities by emphasizing a cool and calculating manner before passion and improvisation. Matches are won on split-second physical and psychological observations of an opponent’s skills and fencing personality, whether passive or aggressive.

Increased Flexibility: Fencing requires the use of a wide range of motion to respond and deflect opposing attacks. The core, arms, and legs all develop a good deal of flexibility in regular fencers. Stress Reduction: Because it is both a physical and mental sport, it is extremely stress reducing. The mind is focused on a game, and the body is producing feel-good endorphins, resulting in a win-win situation as far as the body is concerned.

Increased Aerobic Fitness: It supports heart health and mental health by increasing oxygen in the blood and releasing endorphins that lead to a positive sense of well-being. The extra oxygen released in the blood also heighten circulation, boost the immune system and enhance the body’s ability to remove pollutants such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.

Cardiovascular Health: As the respiratory rate increases and deepens during a match, the oxygen levels in the blood rise. When the heart rate increases, the small blood vessels, or capillaries, widen. By doing so regularly, it makes the heart stronger, pumping blood more efficiently- even when not exercising.

Increased Balance: Since fencing is an offensive and defensive sport, balance is key. The constant motion strengthens the core and increases balance in day to day life as well.

Increased Coordination: Unlike cyclic sports such as running and rowing, fencing requires the body to move in full range, forcing arms and legs to work together in a harmonious fashion as they attack, defend and counter attack. Coordination makes all these moves smoother and more efficient during a match.

Physical and Mental Benefits of Fencing

The sport of fencing provides a complete mental and physical workout for people of all ages. It reaches muscle groups that otherwise can remain inactive in everyday life and even other sports. The strategy behind fencing engages and sharpens the mind as well.

Body Development and Maintenance:

Children:

  • Physical activity is crucial for children to build and develop muscles. Fencing exercises all the muscles in the body as well as the brain. The mental benefits of fencing include problem solving, enhanced focus, improved reflexes, and confidence. Fencing is an enjoyable exercise in which children can see their improvement, motivating them to continue being active into adulthood.

Adults:

  • Fencing provides a full body workout, hitting muscle groups in areas like the lower back and knees that can be neglected during everyday activities and some sports. Strategizing, tempo, and coordination mental benefits of fencing include.
  • The variable tempo of fencing, with its stops, starts and explosions of movement, keeps the heart pumping at different rates. This type of activity provides a better workout than consistent motion exercise like running.
  • Fencing is a sport that can be enjoyed throughout your entire life, making it ideal for both development and maintenance of mind and body for a lifetime of good health.