You’re in high school and you’re looking for a new sport. Or maybe you’re just looking for a sport, period. You have a lot of options: cross country, soccer, basketball — but since you’re here, you clearly have the wisdom to realize that fencing (the art of stabbing people for fun) could be a great choice, possibly superior to all of those other options.
Now you’re just looking for some definitive reasons to take the plunge. Well, there are four big ones.
Reason #1: It’s Good For Your Heart…And Lungs…And Legs…
Fitness is the most obvious benefit, so we might as well start there. When you’re fencing, your knees are bent constantly, which means you work your thighs hard.
Fencing also makes for great cardio. It engages your legs and every other part of your body. Combine that with the fact that you’re constantly in motion and that the sport involves explosive actions, and you’ll be breathing hard in no time at all.
Reason #2: Lifelong Friends
Fencers are weird — we have to be. After all, we get pleasure out of hitting each other with metal rods (more on that later). But they’re also weird in that they tend to have similar interests. For instance, while fencing does attract all types of people, it usually draws in people who fell in love with things like Star Wars or The Princess Bride.
When you take a fencing class and attend consistently, you’re bound to meet someone who shares interests closely related to the sport. Add that to the fact that there are three fencing weapons with distinct rules that attract certain people, and you’ll encounter people with personality traits that are similar to yours.
That’s a recipe for friendships that last through college and beyond.
Reason #3: A Competitive Edge (In Life)
A further social benefit to fencing is that it can help you get a heads in life. Let’s just start with college.
Fencing can help you get into college. It looks great on your college application and letter of interest. Plus, several universities in the United States have fencing teams, and many of those universities offer fencing scholarships. In other words, get good enough at the sport, and it could help you pay for college.
It also helps once you’re out of college — when you’re getting a job, for instance. Employers find the fact that a candidate fences to be inherently impressive. It at least makes you seem more interesting. You can also leverage life lessons you learn from fencing in your interviews.
Reason #4: That Indescribable Feeling
This is, perhaps, the best reason to not only try fencing but stick with it. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of successfully hitting another human being with a metal rod — specifically, hitting another human being with a metal rod while they’re trying to do the same thing to you. Doing that successfully with precision and purpose means you’ve outwitted them. It means that you’ve overcome a challenge. And it’s exhilarating.
Have you watched a fencing bout before? Have you ever watched one where one or both of the fencers scream after scoring? That’s how good fencing feels.
Now the only question is how to get started. Swordplay LA, a fencing club conveniently located in Burbank, is a great place to start. Not only do we offer free trial lessons and flexible lesson scheduling, but we have all the gear you’ll need to get started. If you’re ready to begin, give our office a call today.