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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can fence?
How long before I can have a proper fight?

Do I need to be fit to learn to fence?

Do I need my own equipment?

Is fencing safe?

Does it hurt when you get hit?

What should I wear for fencing?

What are the benefits of fencing?

Why does the Adult class overlap with the junior class?

What happens after I have completed the beginner course?

Why doesn’t Cobham Fencing Club offer taster sessions?

I really enjoyed my beginner and intermediate courses and want to take my fencing to the next level, what can I do?


What are the benefits of fencing?

Fencing is an amazing sport for improving fitness, specifically cardiovascular fitness, muscle tone, flexibility and strength. Areas targeted are the legs, bum, waist, arms and shoulders. The coordination needed for fencing is very different than other sports, which means that those not excelling at the commonly taught ‘school sports’ have the opportunity to practice on more equal terms with others.

Men and women can practice on more equal terms than most sports where strength is a large factor, as the important elements of fencing are technique and timing.

Fencing is particularly beneficial for children. They learn a high level of discipline and responsibility as this is imperative in a class where children are using swords! They also develop independence as fencing is predominantly an individual sport, as well as improving their confidence and leadership skills when they learn to referee, and enforce rules and regulations on their peers. Fencers also learn teamwork as there are occasionally relay team matches at major competitions and we practice these from early on in a fencers’ career, not least because they are great fun!


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