Fencing is a rare sport that provides an all rounded form of mental and physical exercise essential for total health and wellness. These qualities have made fencing an excellent sport for both children and adults. It enhances sportsmanship, integrity, and perseverance that fuels the desire to excel in different fields of life. A fencer is able to make quick and strategic decision and has better focus and levels of concentration. Fencing can be played year round, no matter if it's cold or raining outside. Fencing can be taken as a serious competitive sport, fitness regimen, or a recreational hobby.


Physical Fitness Mental Workout Emotional Value Social Benefit Competition

Physical Fitness

Fencing is a fun way to exercise and stay in shape! The sport incorporates both aerobic and anaerobic exercises, which means you not only improve your cardiovascular system and burn calories during practices, but building and toning your muscles at the same time. Furthermore, fencing increases a person's flexibility, agility, reflexes, and coordination.

Mental Workout

Fencing is often referred to as physical chess. Each match is as much about strategy as ability. It is the main reason why in the sport fencing size doesn’t matter–only skill. A well-trained fencer can bout against any opponent, older or younger, bigger or smaller, shorter or taller. Many martial art sports (wrestling, karate, judo, etc.) limit people if they don’t fit the necessary physical criteria. However, anyone can become a champion fencer. The decisive factor in fencing is the ability to think unconventionally and find your bearings in a rapidly changing situation. Therefore, it requires a strong connection between mind and body, and the mind is always looking ahead to the next possible movement. Each bout between two fencers is a show of cause and effect. One move produces a response in the opponent, and their move causes a response in you. Decisions must be made quickly and in the heat of the moment to outwit your opponent. Fencing absolutely increases focus and concentration, as well as the powers of observation. It also develops self assurance and discipline. The mind must constantly work and build its decision making skills. Building on these skills can improve ones performance in many other aspects of daily life. Judging and anticipating situations, and building intuition will help in social circles as well as the workplace.

Emotional Value

Fencing teaches a person to control their emotions, boost self-confidence, and encourages the spirit of healthy rivalry and competition. Understanding one’s own emotions is an important aspect of becoming a great fencer. Hot-tempered fencers learn to control their emotions during a bout, and shy, introverted fencers learn to take risks and act outside of their comfort zone. Fencing style is vastly varied, and Gasparin Fencing instructs students based on their personality and creativity. The sport teaches responsibility, perseverance, and discipline. Unlike team sports, fencers quickly realize that the only person liable for their actions is themselves. Fencers not only learn how to win against an opponent, but also to conquer their own fears and weaknesses!

Social Benefit

Fencing is a great sport for children because it appeals to their sense of play in a non-violent way. It also provides them with positive interaction with other peers and adults, and along with it imparts team spirit and a sense of camaraderie. The sport of fencing also teaches good sportsmanship, respect for opponent, and proper behavior after a loss through its time-honored ritual of conducting bouts. Before each bout fencers salute with their weapons their opponent, the audience, and the referee. Then, a handshake necessitates the completion of each bout. Finally, a fencing club is a wonderful way to meet people and make friends. A shared interest will unite people from all walks of life, and the uncommon shared interest of fencing makes bonds form quickly. Club members often become friends, and those who choose to compete will meet people from all over the country and the world. Fencing can even be a team sport! A few people can join together and compete as one unit during team competitions.


For many fencers, the ultimate goal is to become a champion, Olympic or otherwise. The coaches at Gasparin Fencing emphasize effort over result, but also believe that competition is a valuable part of training. Fencing offers a wide variety of competition, from fun local tournaments to international world championships including the Olympics. There is something for everyone. Local competitions are an excellent field to test out new skills and to enjoy the competitive field. While national competitions offer a different kind of challenge with its shear size of participants. Some people choose to compete to feel that they’ve accomplished something as an individual, while others take pleasure in the equality fencing provides. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what division you compete in: no fencer forgets their first medal earned in competition.

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Coach Katalin Gasparin
Phone: (817) 876-0980