Why Fencing for Juniors?

OCRA Summer SchoolTime and again we see the youngsters who don’t do well in mainstream team sports take to fencing with real enthusiasm.

Younger pupils often get involved in the sport because of its swashbuckling image, then continue with it once they realise how much technique and skill is involved.

It is good for children because it really helps them develop agility and co-ordination. The boys learn how to channel their aggression, whilst the girls often find a physical competitive streak not seen before!

West Devon Swords has a thriving core of pre-teen and teen devotees and fencing obviously does wonders for their poise and self-confidence.

Fencing is one of the activities to count toward Duke of Edinburgh Awards, which several of our juniors have completed over the years.

What age IS Junior in fencing?

Juniors fencingIn centuries past, children started, learning combat skills from the time they could walk, but in the context of a modern sport, there is such a thing as too young.

The children’s class we run is a mixed age, mixed ability group. There is a recommendation from the FIE (fencing governing body) that age 8 is a suitable age to join in group classes, both for safety’s sake and for beginning productive lessons. That’s the minimum age we’ve tended to start kids at Sway and in other classes we have run in the area.