Common Questions

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Do you actually hit each other with the weapons? 
Yes.

Does it hurt? 
This is a very common concern amongst beginners. New fencers quickly adjust to the feel of receiving touches, and before long don’t feel them at all. Children and seniors often compete with adults, getting hit just as hard and handling it without any problem.

Is it dangerous? 
No, in fact fencing is statistically one of the safest sports. Fencers wear protective gear to ensure safety, and the infrequent injuries that do occur are generally minor and common (bruises, twists and sprains).

How young? How old? What is the optimum age? 
Children can begin fencing at a very young age even at 5yrs old!. National-level youth fencing incorporates under-10, under-12 and under-14 events. International competition for children includes two categories, cadet (under-17) and junior (under-20). Fencing is unique in that fencers generally keep competing until late in life, with veteran events including over-40, over-50 and over-60 categories. The prime age for Olympians is generally from the early twenties to mid-thirties. New fencers can begin at any point in life with great success.

Is fencing for men or women? 
Both! Although there are separate men’s and women’s events at the national and international levels, local events often involve “mixed” events. U.S. women are highly successful internationally, including Olympic gold and bronze in women’s saber.

Is it anything like what I see in the movies? 
No. Modern fencing is a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see two fencers performing an intense athletic dance on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip. The movement is so fast the touches are scored electrically.

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BENEFITS OF SPORTS

Sport

Get healthy!

Health is the reason for exercise, not sports — sure. But a great side-effect of sports is exercise. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and controls your weight. More importantly — being active in sports can help you look good! Athletic activity:

  • Reduces body fat, strengthens bones, and builds muscle
  • Improves coordination, balance, flexibility and endurance
  • Slows the aging process
  • Reduces the risks of injury, and helps you recover faster

It also establishes a healthy pattern of lifetime physical activity, and makes your friends jealous.

Get smart!

Healthy body, healthy mind. Improving in sports translates directly to improving in school. Sports can help you…

  • Increase concentration and develop problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to set and attain goals
  • Gain “Training Transfer”, skills that start showing up in school or on the job
  • Improve self-esteem through success (and failure!)
  • Learn time-management skills

Get social!

Sports can help you learn social interaction, as well as give you a chance to exercise leadership. In competition, you quickly learn what your teammates — and you — are made of. You rely on your teammates and opponents to make you stronger, and pretty soon, you have a new set of friends.

Get relaxed!

Playing sports releases stress and tension. Sports competitions teach you to feel relaxed in high-pressure situations. Athletics also helps you fight depression and anxiety — endorphins are our friends!

Fencing at a glance:

Fencing At A Glance

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Benefits

Speed, endurance, agility, discipline and tactical thinking.

Is fencing different from dueling? 

In a duel, people used to fight until “first blood” with a sword as sharp as a kitchen knife.

In Olympic fencing, you fence to 15 points. You use a flexible blade, with a button at the tip. All fencers wear protective gear, including jackets, gloves and masks.

What does fencing look like?

Fencing is more mobile and athletic than the “classical” fencing style everybody knows from TV and the movies.

Fencing has running moves, “flicks” where you bend the blade over someone’s shoulder, and sometimes lots of (happy) screaming.

Does fencing hurt?

Not if you do it right! Although fencing is a martial art it is very safe. We are strict about using full safety equipment. We also do stretching and warm-ups to prevent strains and twists.

Is fencing safe?

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association places the low injury rate for fencing as comparable to tennis, golf and rowing, and far below soccer, basketball and football.

Fact! 

Fencing has been in every Olympics, starting with the first in 1896. Mr. Pierre de Coubertin, creator of the modern Olympics, was a fencer.

Age to Start Fencing.

AGE to START FENCING

Children can begin fencing as early as 4 years old. At this young age, fencing class consists of basic footwork and blade work, exercises to improve hand-eye coordination, games to foster coordination skills, all with our special plastic equipment sets which are much lighter and safer. Once children turn 7, they will be using the metal equipment you see in competitions.  All classes conclude with supervised fencing bouts. Children love the opportunity to fence each other and use the skills they learned in class.

Our coaches are all world-class instructors who have coached and/or fenced at National levels. They are well-versed in the latest pedagogical techniques in the sport of fencing. Classes and lessons are designed to accommodate students of different ages and skill levels.

Programs include:

  • the Musketeer  Hobby Club (ages 4-12);
  • the Youth classes (ages 13-20);
  • the Gold competition classes ( all ages)
  • adult group classes;
  • school holiday fencing experience class
  • school holiday camp
  • school fencing programme

BIRTHDAY PARTY INFORMATION

BIRTHDAY PARTY INFORMATION

We offer a FUN, ACTION-PACKED, and UNIQUE birthday party experience!

Let us do all the work while you and your guests have all the fun

Price includes:

  • Fencing equipment–masks, chest protector, weapons, gloves
  • Fencing instruction by one of our expert coaches. Will talk about fencing history, demonstrate techniques and footwork, then the fencing competitions begin! Fencing portion is 70-75 minutes, party is 45- 50 minutes, wrap-up is 10 minute.
  • Free trial fencing class for each participant

Additional charges:

  • Extra fencing time

Please arrive 10 -15 minutes before your party’s scheduled time for preparation.

 

Please inform participants of dress code:

Sneakers, T-shirts, shorts/sweatpants.

 En Garde! Party time! Happy Birthday and HAVE FUN!

School Holiday Fencing experience Classes / Camps / School Fencing Programme.

School Holiday Fencing experience Classes / Camps / School Fencing Programme.

The focus of our school programme is to introduce and encourage kids to participate in fencing and by focusing on the following:

  • Skill development
  • Enhancing self-confidence and social interaction
  • Developing a knowledge of movement skills
  • Stimulating the desire to participate in sport and fitness

We offer several options for fun after-school programs:

All fencing equipment is provided. An optimum number of students for this program is 10-14. Custom programs can arrange. Contact the office for ideas and suggestions.

If your school is unable to host an after-school program, you are welcome to try classes held at our facility every day.  Please contact us if you would like more information about setting up a fencing program for your school or center.

What to bring:  

  • T-shirt,
  • sweatpants,
  • indoor non marking athletic sneakers and
  • lunch

All fencing equipment is provided.

 What is included:

  • Fencing games,
  • footwork,
  • drills,
  • open bouting and
  • receives a certificate of completion.

Corporate Team Building.

Corporate Team Building.

 

Team building events with a difference

At URE, we’ve taken the exciting and elegant Olympic sport of fencing; extracted the focus, strategy and tactics relevant to modern business, and created unique and unusual fencing-based team building events that are memorable, motivating and great fun!

 

Suitable for:

  • Team building and motivational events
  • Outdoor and indoor activities
  • Demonstrations, fun events and seasonal parties
  • Experiential training and development
  • Graduate induction programmes
  • Corporate entertainment & gala dinners
  • Icebreaker activities & conference breaks
  • Entertainment for gala dinners
  • Product launches and promotional events
  • Employee incentives and rewards
  • Company Dinner

 

Why offer a sword fighting activity?

  • Unusual, exciting and inclusive sport suitable for all, 9-99 years old
  • Activities for groups up to 60 people (bigger group by negotiation. )
  • Outdoor and indoor activities with equipment provided
  • Events run by team building experts & top fencers
  • Level playing field – no experience required
  • Games are fun and memorable
  • Adaptable to suit your specific events

 

A typical event would involve demonstrations, followed by 15-45 minute taster sessions.

  • Short, fun introduction to the sport
  • Safety briefing
  • Introduction to basic skills – movement, attack, parry
  • One-on one duels
  • Fun battle games

 

Depending on the numbers and time available, each session can culminate in a mass battle – always hugely entertaining!

We can tailor the offering to suit your requirements, bringing in Top athletes, extra demonstrations etc.

 

A typical session:

You will learn the strategy and tactics of this ancient, traditional sport: how to attack and parry, how to move, and ultimately, how to outwit your opponent! ( approx. 2 hours)

A typical session will include:

  • Group warm up ( 10 minutes)
  • Safety and technical briefing ( 5 minutes)
  • Introduction to basic skills ( 10 minutes)
  • Specific fencing skills ( 10 minutes)
  • One-on-one duel (45 min -1 hour)
  • Final team battle game (20 minutes)
  • Strategy battle games ( 10 min)