The fencing community is by and large a very welcoming community and here at Selberg Fencing we’re always happy to see newcomers take up the sport and share our passion for fencing. Like most things, when you’re just starting out there are tonnes of different things to learn, as well as loads of questions you’ll want to be answered. In our latest post, we share some fencing advice that has been handpicked by fencing forums out there which is specially tailored to beginners to the sport.
• “Practice the engarde stance as much as possible when starting out, as this is the fencing foundation. Keep as low as possible and to condition your body for the sport, cardio and core strength help with balance and poise.” ( Reddit user Hussard)
• Nimble fingers also help with fencing and interestingly some people swear that playing the piano or typing at a fast rate also help finger speed which helps when holding the blade and keeping hand movements quick.
• Bend your knees. It goes without saying that this is essential to fencing, but many beginners don’t practice this enough. Since this can feel awkward and uses muscles that often don’t get a work out, it’s an important to practice this particularly in the beginner’s stage as this can be more difficult to correct later.
• Despite some contention between fencers, most coaches agree that starting fencing with the foil weapon gives the best introduction to the technical aspect of fencing as well as the basics like right of way and parry/riposte. Foil is a stabbing action which helps balance and footwork, while sabre is more of a cutting action which can be learned more easily later as the basics are mastered.
• Keep your fitness up this helps with endurance and you won’t be complaining about muscle pain in the legs. Footwork exercised and squats help with doing this.