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THE BENEFITS FROM FENCING
The Benefits From Fencing
Posted by Brillmart 2006-02-09

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The Benefits From Fencing:

Adapted from FFE website - with tranlsations and adaptations by M Brill

Fencing is a combat sport, a sport of opposition.

The confrontation with a weapon in hand results in having rules for safety, to ensure the fencers  are able to fence and practice safely.

The weapon creates a relationship between the two fencers, both psychological and the physical psyscho-motor resposnes.

As with all opposition sports, it is an individual sport played in pairs where surpassing yourself is only possible through the other.

Expert manipulation of the weapon relies upon physical strength.

Self-control is needed to master the impulse for excessive force and violent action.

On the other hand, people who are normally reserved, find freedom for self-expression when wearing the mask.

The weapon permits the balance of forces between students to be re-established



PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS FROM FENCING:

SELF-CONFIDENCE: Wearing the mask allows the students to express themselves more freely. They learn to simply count on themselves in order to finish as a winner in the confrontation.

COURTESY AND LOYALTY: Ceremony is an external sign of the tacit engagement in respect of the other. The referee establishes a climate of politeness; salute the partner and referee at the beginning and end of the bout. Then at the end of the bout, after the salute, shaking hands brings the display of courtesy towards the partner, no matter whether they are stronger or weaker

ATTENTION: The main quality developed by fencing. The situation, face to face in a limited space, with the visual field is constrained, favours concentration. It is indispensable for observation of the partnerís actions and reactions.

SELF-MASTERY: The constant need to control the fencerís actions and anticipate the partnerís reactions requires mastery of the fencerís emotions (impulsiveness, frustration, anger, anxiety, despair, desperation, resignation, excessive enthusiasm)


PYSCHO-MOTOR BENEFITS FROM FENCING

SENSORY INTEGRATION AND CO-ORDNATION: The uses of a weapon in the 3D space results in improved spatial and body awareness. The nature of the fencing game means that flexion and extension of the arms and legs are used.

REINFORCES HANDEDNESS:  The fencing stance helps to reinforce handedness as does the manipulation of the weapon in the hand. 

BALANCE: Acquired through the different footwork; steps, jumps and lunges.

SPATIAL AWARENESS: The management of the distance between the fencers and the actions that occur in the space develops improved spatial awareness.

COORDINATION SPECFIC TO FENCING: This is demonstrated by the action of the hand and arm preceding the legs.

RHYTHM: All movement requires a rythm and timing. This need is reinforced as each fencer'smovements have to be aligned and co-ordinated with the partners.

INFORMATION PROCESSSING: Each situation, foreseen and unforeseen, brings about an appropriate adapted response.

REFLEX: The combat / oppositional  essence of the bout is balanced with the co-ordination of movements and actions to the partners movements and actions. The the ever changing distance and speed within the bouts reinforces the need for spatial and tempotral co-ordination and adaptat skill. This is reflected in the development of fencer's anticpatory skills when fully engaged in the the dynamic and ever changing envirinment of the fencing bout.

PRECISION: Hand-eye co-ordination is developed with the point going to the target.



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