I hope that you all have a great summer or great new beginning after graduation! For those of you interested in starting a personal training program in the off-season, I’ll continue to post information over the summer to help keep you going. The following is a video done by Damien Lehfeldt, a competitive fencer and an assistant volunteer coach at DC Fencers Club in Silver Spring, Maryland. Damien was the coach of a London 2012 Olympic Athlete in Modern Pentathlon (Suzanne Stettinius). He is an A-rated epeeist and foilist and a national champion who is a mutt of multiple awesome fencing coaches (Janusz Smolenski, Mario Jelev, Robert Suchorski, Boyko Krastevitch, Alek Gromov).
The University of Notre Dame has long had a strong fencing program, most recently earning the title of NCAA Champions in 2011. ND Athletics, in general, has had a reputation that is almost legendary. Their Student Athlete Advisory Council came up with a clever idea to introduce the sport of fencing to their student body. Watch this video, and comment with a reply to this question – How can use this idea to promote fencing at Harrison?
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?”