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Although fencing is not a well-known sport, the truth is that more and more people practice it every day. For many parents, it is certainly not one of the options considered for their children as an after-school activity, but fencing is a very complete sport that works the whole body and is not dangerous if the necessary precautions are taken.
Fencing is basically a skill activity. Ability to puncture your opponent and ability and intelligence to anticipate their movements and avoid them. A melee combat sport in which a weapon is used, and the skill that must be developed is precisely there, in knowing how to handle the saber, rapier or sword with the best possible dexterity.
Fencing is a sport for everyone: little ones, teenagers, adults and seniors. Before, it was considered that this discipline was not suitable for children under ten years of age, but more and more sports centers have lowered the age to five years. And as age decreases, the rules and weapons used also vary. The little ones train with a special weapon, smaller, proportioned for their size and lighter in weight; and the length of the track is less, 10 meters.
By choosing fencing as a discipline for your children to practice, you are choosing a very complete sport on a physical level that teaches fundamental values to children, in addition to helping in the development of their personality:
- Help in the psychomotor development of children.
- Improves the ability to reason and make quick decisions.
- Develops the intellect.
- Teaches to control emotions and impulses.
- Teaches to respect the opponent in the game and others outside it.
- Encourages the development of education towards the teacher and their classmates, a value that can then be manifested in their daily life.
- Boost speed, balance and coordination.
- It speeds up the reflexes and the child's reaction capacity.
- Develops resistance capacity.
- Creates in the child a feeling of eagerness to improve by wanting to be better and better and learns to assume defeats.
To be able to practice this exciting sport, it is necessary to equip yourself with everything you need to avoid unwanted accidents: - The jacket must comply with all the required safety measures: it must be buttoned and with the collar raised so as not to leave the child's neck unprotected. And the pants also have to be in perfect condition.
- Gloves must be of the correct size and must cover the cuffs of the jacket.
- The mask must not have the slightest sign of deterioration: it cannot be perforated, the back part must cover the nape of the neck and the child must check that it is his size and will not fall off when he begins to move.
- Currently there are three types of weapons that can be used to practice fencing: rapier, saber and sword. All of them are formed by a flexible sheet and a handle.
Angela del Caz. Copywriter
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