Fencing is a hybrid martial art/sport that has been practiced for millennia, first as preparation for battle or the duel of honor. At the turn of the 20th century, it evolved into what it is today, a fast-paced athletic challenge. Fencing is the closest of all sports to a video game, from the timing and tactics, to the bright lights on the scoring machine when a fencer lands a hit. But no matter how modern and dynamic, fencing will always retain the honor and tradition of its martial heritage.
Absolutely not. Ace has fencers of all skill levels, from beginner to nationally-ranked. We also offer classes tailored for people with no experience. Everyone has to start somewhere, and we're proud of the welcoming environment our club members provide for beginners.
You should wear loose-fitting workout clothes for classes and lessons: sweatpants, t-shirt, sneakers. Ace provides gear for the Beginning Fencing class, and rentals are available for private lessons or open bouting. After trying out the sport, you’ll want to invest in your own equipment, since it is more cost effective than renting. A full set of gear suitable for lessons, bouting, and competition runs about $200.
Statistically, fencing is among the safest sports there is, and when proper gear is worn doesn't hurt at all. Can you be injured fencing? Of course, just like any sport. Twisted ankles and the occasional bruise are pretty rare, and as bad as it usually gets. The swords are not sharp and are designed to be flexible.
It's never too late to start. Fencing is a great workout, but unique in the way tactics play a role in the outcome of matches. It's not uncommon for a clever veteran to outwit a younger, faster opponent. At the same time, fencing is wonderful for developing coordination, strength, balance, flexibility and endurance at any age.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer, since it depends on each student's maturity and development. Kids must be strong enough to lift a sword, and focused enough to make it through a lesson or class. Fencing is great for childhood development of strength, balance, coordination, patience, sportsmanship, focus and critical thinking. We recommend starting at age 6 or 7, but some students begin as early as 3.
Many universities have varsity or club teams, and scholarships are available. Keep in mind, schools look for students who are successful and passionate about what they do. It takes many hours of practice to excel at any activity, including fencing. If you love to fence because it is fun and great exercise, and if you do a lot of it, you will give yourself the best chance of success. College programs will take notice.
There are many great reasons to fence. It’s a fun, absorbing way to stay active for people of all ages. For those seeking greater challenge, there are competitions in different age groups, from Youth-8 all the way up to Veteran-80, and everything in between. These range from local tournaments, up to NCAA Collegiate, national events, World Cups, even the Olympic Games. The founder of the modern Olympics was a fencer, and it is one of a handful of sports to be contested at every modern Olympics. Fencing is a great way to meet new people and make a lifetime of exciting memories with teammates or respected opponents who share a passion for the game.