Once in a while when talking with someone who is unfamiliar with the sport of fencing, I’ll get the question, “Why fencing?”

Not intending to be a wisecracker, my initial response usually would be, “Why not?”

There are dozens of way to stay active and to exercise, even hundreds. However, I’m one of those people who doesn’t enjoy exercising for the sake of exercising. I could never run just to run. I needed a soccer ball to chase after in order to run. I like to be mentally engaged in my physical activities, and if I happen to get physically fit in the process, so much the better!

Fencing improves flexibility, reflexes, speed and agility that provides a well-rounded form of mental and physical exercise essential for total health and wellness. Additionally, fencing promotes sportsmanship and fuels the desire to excel in different fields of life. A fencer is able to make quick and strategic decisions and has a better focus and level of concentration.

I could go on and on, but in the end you should find your own reasons and your own answer to the occasionally repetitive question “Why fencing?”

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