Fencing originates from real-life sword combat, but these days people take up fencing for fun and fitness, or to compete.

Why is it good for me?

Fencing has many health and well-being benefits including:

  • Aerobic and cardiovascular workout in both training and competition
  • Improved hand-to-eye coordination
  • Improved judgment and decision-making
  • Increased speed and agility
  • Self-discipline and mental toughness
  • People of different standards and ages can train together and you can train at your own pace
  • Opportunity to meet new people and be part of a group activity
  • You don’t need to wear lycra
  • You get to fight with swords which is just pretty cool!

How much does it cost?

Some providers offer free taster sessions and a beginner session can cost around £5. An introductory course of lessons will cost from around £10 per lesson. Individual coaching is more expensive.

What equipment do I need?

Beginners will need comfy clothes and trainers, but not shorts as your legs must be covered. The rest of the equipment will be provided.

If you get into fencing more seriously, then you might consider buying your own specialist equipment. Starter packs including a weapon, mask, gloves and protective clothing cost around £200.


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