Is your child looking for a sport that will challenge them and reward them?  If so, look no further.  Fencing may be just what they are looking for and there are lots of fencing clubs in the Inland Empire area.

Fencing is a skill sport. It is for those athletes that are ready for the physical and psychological challenges of head to head combat.

Fencing is one of the few sports where boys and girls compete against each other on equal terms.  There are no special concessions granted to girls, no point-shaving given. If gender equality is what you want, fencing has it.

Fencing demands self-discipline.  Whether you win or lose, only the fencer is responsible. If a referee misinterprets a fencer’s beat as the opponent’s parry, the attacker must change tactics, not change the thinking of the referee. This is a difficult concept for kids to accept; it is so much easier to blame failure on someone else. Every athlete who stays in the sport of fencing learns to accept responsibility for their actions and to understand that improvement only comes with work.

Fencers learn to forge friendships with their opponents off the strip. After all, they frequently train together and see each other at tournaments.

Fencers learn to accept authority. Referees are always correct even when a bad call eliminates an athlete from a tournament. Not all fencers accept this unfairness gracefully; the great ones do. At the same time, fencers learn to respectfully question authority.

Along the same lines, the fencer is encouraged to accept the challenges of officiating for his or her peers. There are many pressures brought to bear on the young referee. Participants (their peers) can disagree with decisions and that disagreement can become unpleasant. The young referee learns to make decisions with confidence, explain these decisions intelligently and control the action on and off the strip, all the while under the critical eye of their peers and an audience.

Fencers learn to share. They share equipment, which you would expect, but they also share knowledge. A winning fencer will often share what went wrong with the losing fencer’s game. More experienced fencers will share previous successful strategies against specific fencers, even though this knowledge may lessen their chances for victory.

Fencers develop the ability to establish long-term goals. In fencing, an athlete doesn’t always have to win to be successful. Many young fencers know they don’t have the knowledge or the experience to beat a particular opponent or win a tournament. But, they learn to set personal goals for themselves.   Fencers can, and do, learn to be winners before they ever get a gold medal at a tournament.

Check out the fencing clubs and fencing academies listed here where kids can learn the sport of fencing.

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