The coverage of the London 2012 Olympic men’s and women’s fencing competition has been the best and most exciting in the history of the sport. The colorful lights and excellent camera work have done wonders in arousing a greater interest in this highly under-appreciated sport.
encing is a sport for all ages and levels of athletic ability. Training in fencing provides cardiovascular endurance, better balance and flexibility, improved mental focus, and confidence.
Fencing Is a Sport for Everyone
Though not everyone who starts fencing with a club or a team reaches the Olympics, people of all ages, skills, and physical abilities can benefit from what the sport has to offer. Fencing keeps you limber and strong, preventing some of the illnesses normally associated with obesity.
Like any sport, you’ll get out of fencing what you put into it. The best fencers are limber, strong, and have cardiovascular endurance. The stretches involved in fencing training can help an athlete limber up enough to do a full split, or with less intense training, simply keep the leg muscles and joints healthy and flexible.
Fencing footwork drills will get your heart rate up and train your cardiovascular endurance, as will simple warm-up exercises such as brief jogs and jumping jacks. Of course, more intense workouts such as full dueling or sprints will improve your cardiovascular system even more.
Fencing training will also improve overall balance and coordination. The practise of staying loose and maintaining your center of gravity improves balance, and reduces the tension and stiffness that causes imbalance and loss of coordination. The more flexible you are, the more able your body will be to learn new movements.
Participation in fencing trains and encourages a variety of improvements to the mind. Although the pace of a fencing match can be as quick as a flash, dueling is a game of strategy. Psychology, tactics, and spatial awareness all come into play when an athlete is engaged in a bout with another fencer.
Fencing develops the mind’s tactical skills in a similar manner to playing chess or backgammon. Additionally, fencing develops situational awareness and trains faster reflexes. Confidence is also a benefit of fencing training. Ultimately, fencing is a martial art, and much of what you learn can be translated into empty-handed defense skills. Feeling safe defensively, and knowing what you can accomplish offensively, is a great boost to self-confidence in any life arena.
Fencing as PE in Debrecen
To complete the fencing course of the University of Debrecen, every student has to attend at least 10 classes from the 13, has to participate in the “Kamuti Jenő Fencing Tournament” (there will be a category available for students) and has to complete the Hungarofit-challenge (organized by the PE teachers of the University of Debrecen) in December or January.
You must bring the following items to the classes:
– Sweat-pants covering your knees
– Comfortable training shoes
We will provide you with the fencing equipment when it becomes necessary. If you would like to have your own equipment, please contact the coaches for further information.
During the classes there will be the following exercises:
– physical training (running, gymnastics, stretching, etc.)
– fencing training (exercises for attack and parry, conventional exercises, methodical bouts, free bouts)
– in-group competition at the end of the semester
Each and every student will receive a private lesson (fencing training) free of charge during the semester. Further private lessons are available for a fee (for further information, please contact the coach before or after the class).
After completing the semester, you will be authorized to join the DHSE-PMD as intermediate level fencer.
Joining the course:
If you are a fencer with experience (you were a fencer in your home country or completed the beginner’s course in a previous semester), please let it be known during the first class. You will be moved to one of the intermediate level groups depending on your skill and your weapon of choice (épée, sabre or foil). In this case, please ask the training schedule from your coach.
If you are a beginner, trainings will be held for you on Tuesdays, from 19:00 to 20:30. The first class will be held at: February 19, 19:00.
Both intermediate and beginner fencers have to take the class up in the Neptun, otherwise we will not be able to give you the sports credit!
The total price of one semester is 12000 HUF (we can not accept any foreign currencies) which includes the training fees for the whole semester. It is also possible to pay in a month-by-month rate, in this case, the price is 3000 HUF each month (you must pay up 4 months) and your monthly fee must arrive by the 5th day of the current month.
All training fees must be paid by transaction!
We will provide you the exact details of the transaction before the first class.
Contact for students:
If you have any questions, please ask them in e-mail.