A favorite family movie in my house is The Princess Bride. All the fencing scenes are both exciting and funny. The Stars Wars movies draw from fencing for the Light Saber battles.
One way to get your kid moving is to try fencing. Sometimes called a “physical game of chess,” this sport requires quick reflexes and strong muscles.
- Education research has found that fencing can enhance math skills
- Improved posture
- Better developed eye/hand coordination
- As in individual sport, it teaches personal responsibility
- Helps children with ADHD focus
- Teaches strategic thinking
- Many colleges have fencing teams so it might lead to a scholarship or make an applicant more attractive
If your child is interested in the performing arts, fencing is a great skill to develop for theater.
One terrific place in the Houston area to learn about fencing is the Bayou City Fencing Club. As is stated on their website:
Fencing is one of the most physically demanding sports. Requiring quickness, speed, endurance and agility, it conditions the body like few other sports. Fencing allows you to test both mind and body.
The Club has two locations in Meyerland and the Woodlands. Classes are available for children starting at age 7. Home-school classes are offered as well. To learn more click here.
Head Coach Delfina Perka has received high rankings in many European fencing tournaments. In 1980, she competed at the Olympics. In 1981, she received the Lifelong Sports Achievement medal from the Polish Ministry of Education. The United States Fencing Association (USFA) has recognized Perka with a Master Fencing Title.
Coach Perka and the other experienced coaches with the Bayou City Fencing Club enjoy helping kids hone fencing skills.
The USFA supports a Bill of Rights for Young Athletes (http://bit.ly/2eQSiaY) :
We believe youth have the right to:
- Be treated with dignity by all involved.
- Fence as a child and not as an adult.
- Fence regardless of skill level.
- Fence at a level that is commensurate with each child’s development.
- Fence in a safe and healthy environment.
- Have the proper preparation for fencing.
- Have a qualified leadership for the sport of fencing.
- Have an equal opportunity to strive for success.
- Have fun fencing.
Bayou City Fencing Club follows USFA standards. Let your kid explore a new sport. Let him or her win the next Star Wars play fight with their friends.
-By Cynthia Marple