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Fencing is rightfully seen as a sport that exudes a great deal of sophistication and history, but do you know how far back the history of the sport goes? The answer might surprise you! In this, the first of a series of blogs, we will attempt to untwist some of the complicated history of the sport so you can appreciate this incredible pursuit!
If your children are interested in taking fencing lessons, please contact us at the Lilov Fencing Academy in Cedar Grove. Our fencing teachers are among the best in the world; many of our coaches were national team coaches or are currently on important teams. Your children will enjoy a world-class education in a state-of-the-art training facility when they take fencing classes at the Lilov Fencing Academy.
The Earliest Origins of Fencing
Fencing can trace its history to the very beginning of sword-based combat, which first appeared in the Late Bronze Age, and the oldest evidence of a fencing competition has been dated to sometime around 1190 BCE in Egypt. A late Roman writer named Vegetius wrote about early swordsmanship practices that favored the thrust over slashing and cutting, which some people believe was one of the documents used to establish the thrust in the French and Italian schools of fencing in the 1700s.
While swordsmanship was taught in schools across Europe starting in the 12th Century, it wasn’t until the 1400s when the first fencing manuals appeared. As the middle classes grew throughout Europe over the next few centuries, more and more men began to take up swordsmanship as a mark of their class and military abilities. The English word for the practice, “fencing,” is believed to have descended from a French loan word “defendere,” which became “defense” and finally, “fencing.”
Early Modern Fencing
The first modern fencing rules and weapons appeared in the 1700s and 1800s, and continued to change and evolve as the practice grew in popularity with the aristocracy and upper middle classes throughout Europe. Italian, German, French, and Spanish variations of the rules and the weapons continued to change over time, according to the style of combat that each school favored. While fencing was originally used as military training and to settle formal insults as a form of dueling, it was codified into a sport in the mid-1700s in London by Domenico Angelo at his School of Arms in Soho.
The sport continued to grow as it stressed the positive impacts of fencing — physical health, graceful movement, balance, class — and pushed away the idea of it as training for combat, which had given fencing a negative stigma for quite some time in England. It was in 1896 that men’s fencing became an Olympic sport, and is one of the longest-running events that is still a part of the games.
As you can see, the history of fencing is long and complicated, and we have only just begun to scratch the surface. Next time, we will cover the development of fencing in the 20th century! Contact us today if your children are interested in taking fencing lessons.
Your children have so many options for extracurricular activities that it might seem impossible to narrow the choices down to find the one or two that are just right for your kids. Maybe you want them to be on a team but you worry about them being overshadowed. Maybe you want them to do something physical that they can continue to enjoy for years at a time but you don’t want them getting hurt. Maybe you would like to see them engaging in an activity that challenges their mind.
Well, your child is in luck. Fencing at the Lilov Fencing Academy in Cedar Grove takes care of all of those requirements in one incredible sport! Read on to learn about the ways that fencing can improve your child’s life and how you can be satisfied knowing that your little ones are a part of a team where individual performance matters, where they’re getting great exercise, and they’re using their heads. Contact us to sign up for fencing classes in our state-of-the-art training facility. At Lilov Fencing Academy, your child will get individual attention from world class coaches in a fun and safe environment.
Fencing Sharpens the Mind
While all sports have a degree of strategy involved, fencing is unique in that it is a game as much about the mind as it is about the body. In order to be successful, fencers must learn how to think about the game, what moves to make, the rules of the sport, and how all of these come together to make victory possible. The ability to outthink an opponent is just as, if not more, important than being able to physically overcome an opponent, and fencing teaches this skill from day one. Being able to think about options, responses, and strategies is useful not only at a fencing meet but throughout all of life.
Fencing is Great Exercise!
Fencing demands that the body be in excellent shape. While there is not as much running as some track events or soccer, stamina is a vital attribute for success during a match. The quick bursts of energy that are expended during a bout require a good deal of training to be able to effectively harness. At Lilov Fencing Academy, we make sure that our students are in excellent shape so that they can compete at as high of a level as possible. Physical fitness will help improve the rest of your child’s life because it will keep them healthier, both mentally and physically.
Fencing is a Team and an Individual Sport
Friends made at fencing school tend to stay friends for a long time because of the deep connections they make while they train and compete. The team and the individual are equally important because they assist one another. The team supports your child and your child supports the rest of team. Not only will fencing give your child a chance to shine on their own, they’ll feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves.
Contact us today to find out when your child can begin taking fencing lessons at our safe and fun fencing academy. We have the best coaches in the country, and many of our students have gone on to fence at prestigious universities.
Finding the perfect sport for your child can be difficult. Maybe they want to play everything or maybe they’re only interested in sports that aren’t offered in the area. We have found that most kids will jump at the chance to try fencing because it looks like so much fun. Starting at a young age potentially offers your children many advantages later in life.
At Lilov Fencing Academy in Cedar Grove, our 10,000 square foot fencing school is set up to teach kids as young as five how to fence. We offer private lessons and group fencing classes for children of all ages and skill levels. We provide all of the equipment that they’ll need, and our coaches will do everything possible to foster a love of this sport in your kids. Contact us today to find out how to get your kids started on the exciting path of fencing, and read on to learn more about why starting sooner is a good idea.
Individual Sports Like Fencing Help Your Child Gain Confidence
Participating in any sport is good for a confidence boost, but fencing is unique in that the confidence a child gains rests solely on their own actions and dedication. While being a part of team is fun, some people don’t feel like they contribute as much as others which can lead to feelings of inadequacy. When your child competes on their own, their victories are all theirs, and even losses hurt less because they are opportunities to learn about the sport and to improve their own skills.
The confidence our students gain will help them in all parts of their lives. Again and again we have seen that our fencing students have improved their performance in school and that they are more social and outgoing. By having your child start fencing classes when they are young, you’re giving them every opportunity to make the most out of their lives by engaging with others and learning the discipline they’ll need to succeed at school and later at their jobs.
Good Fencers Catch the Attention of Top Universities
The most impressive college athletes are usually the ones with similar origin stories — they started playing their sport when they were young and never gave up. Fencing is no different. Some of the best universities in the country (and the world) have fencing teams that are always looking for the next generation of talent. Fencing is a prestige sport that has a lot of money and support behind it because universities want to be able to compete at national and international levels, so they offer great scholarships to fencers who are at the top of their game in terms of the sport and as academic leaders.
Contact us at Lilov Fencing Academy today to learn about our fencing programs. Our coaches are the best in the world and feature former Olympic and national team coaches as well as top-ranked college fencers. Your child can go far with fencing while having a great time doing it.
In our last entry, we covered three important reasons that fencing lessons might be a good idea for your child. Today, we will give you three more factors to take into consideration when you’re deciding whether or not to let your kids try fencing lessons for awhile.
At Lilov Fencing Academy, we employ some of the best fencing coaches on the planet. Many of them have served as coaches for national and Olympic teams or have been fencers on prestigious college teams. We want to impart their knowledge and passion for the sport of fencing to the next generation at a brand new, world-class training center. Contact us to learn more about our Cedar Grove fencing academy!
Fencing is a Healthy Way to Relieve Stress
While today’s children may have it easy in many ways that you didn’t, there is an incredible amount of stressors in their lives that they need to be able to deal with in ways that don’t damage their minds or their bodies. Fencing lessons are a great outlet for stress for several reasons. First, fencing requires sustained and intensive exercise. Exercise has been shown time and time again to reduce stress and to help people of all ages sleep better. Solid sleep improves almost every part of a person’s life, from their weight to their mental health. Second, because fencing is a martial art, your child learns the discipline behind the sport as well as getting the physical release of trying to outdo their opponent.
Fencers Can Get College Scholarships
Fencing is a sport that many top-tier universities, including those in the Ivy League, are always looking for new talent in. While the sport may not have the coverage on television that basketball, football, or soccer has, it has cachet among institutions with connections to universities across the world where fencing is more broadly appreciated. The ability of American schools to compete internationally is important, so they are always searching for the next incredible fencer. If you child starts fencing at an earlier age, they can use it as another way to boost their chances of being accepted at one of the best schools in the country.
Fencing is Fun!
While the other reasons we have mentioned are important, one of the most important is also the most simple: fencing is fun! There are few ways in our modern world for kids to (safely) learn about handling a sword and even fewer ways for them to get to use them to practice their skills! While fencing is a sport where individuals compete, the group of students that come up together can become the best of friends and lead each other to make advancements that they might not otherwise make. The sense of camaraderie and friendly competition can become a vital part of your child’s life, so give them something to belong to today!
At Lilov Fencing Academy in Cedar Grove, we’re dedicated to training the next generation of fencers. Contact us today to find out more about our fencing camps and classes!
Has your child shown an interest in learning a sport but hasn’t had a lot of success with team sports like soccer, football, or baseball? Have they expressed a desire to learn a martial art? Fencing might be the perfect option because it is an individual sport that combines the physicality of martial arts with the strategy of a team sport.
At Lilov Fencing Academy in Cedar Grove, we help young students learn how to fence in a safe, state-of-the-art facility with some of the best fencing coaches in the world. Not only is our fencing academy close to you, we also host a wide range of tournaments. Contact us today to find out how your child can start fencing and read on to learn three big reasons why fencing is a great sport for your kids.
Fencing Teaches Your Child Discipline
While some children seem to have an inborn sense of discipline, most kids have to work at it. One of the best ways to instill discipline and concentration is through an activity that your child is invested in. Fencing is a great way to develop these skills because it requires both mental and physical dexterity. By bringing the mind and the body together, fencing helps to solidify concepts that might take much longer to learn on their own. By making connections mentally that pay off physically, and vice versa, fencing quickly shows your children how effort can have real, positive effects. This creates a loop that keeps them practicing so they can see more improvement.
Fencing is Great Exercise
Studies have shown that regular exercise can help people avoid obesity related problems and other conditions like diabetes and depression. Instilling regular exercise as an important part of your child’s life will help them to make better decisions as they get older and allow them to prioritize their physical health as a part of their overall wellness. Physical fitness not only pays off in the short term, it can also lead to a happier, healthier life. Fencing is an excellent form of aerobic exercise that will help your child build up their strength, coordination, and stamina. These skills will translate to other sports that your children participate in, whether it is football, soccer, gymnastics, or track and field.
Fencing Will Help Your Child Feel More Confident
Nothing will make your child feel more accomplished than learning and competing in a new sport. We have found again and again that children who take fencing lessons and begin to participate in tournaments feel better about themselves. Even if they don’t win, our fencers keep working to improve so that they can compete again. You’ll probably notice a boost in your child’s confidence levels in all parts of their life, and you shouldn’t be surprised to see them take on other challenges that they might have been too meek to attempt before.
Come back next time for three more reasons why your kids should take fencing classes at the Lilov Fencing Academy. Contact us now to find out when your child can start learning this exciting sport!