Fencing is Good for You! We enquired of Dr. Raymond Crawfurd, medical adviser for the British Fencing Association, about the possible health benefits and restrictions for fencing. Though difficult to give a specific answer, the following are general considerations:

Possible benefits:

  • one of the pluses of the sport is that it can be continued life long:- there are active fencers well over seventy years of age;
  • there is a strong impression that the principal health benefit appears to be increased reflexes (famously there is the story that Polish fighter pilots stationed in Britain during WWII insisted on fencing as a method of maintaining their reflexes at a high level).
  • also it seems, from various scientific papers, that left-handers do have an inbuilt advantage.
  • it is suitable for disabled people fencing from wheelchairs, or those with only one good arm: see the link to paraplegic fencing.

Restrictions:

as far as restrictions are concerned, it would be an unsuitable sport for people who have previously suffered from tennis elbow or groin strain as both these conditions may be exacerbated by fencing.

Health News (2003)

Fencing can ward off Alzheimer’s Disease.
To quote an article from the British Fencing journal “The Sword” October 2003:- Good news for veterans. Recent studies have shown that older people who engage in mentally demanding pursuits, like fencing, dancing or playing the piano, are 75% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Susanne Sorensnen, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said:
“This research strengthens the ‘use it or lose it’ school of thought, which states that complex and precise activity can build up a brain reserve that may protect people from Alzheimer’s disease in later life. However, static mental exercise alone is not enough – the well being and improved general health that comes from many physical activities bring added benefits in preventing cardiovascular disease.”

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Covid-19 – Club suspended

Covid-19 Update: Cancellation of club nights

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact, including going to sporting events.

Therefore the committee has decided to suspend the Thursday session until further notice.

As the outbreak of Covid-19 develops, we will provide an update by 15th April.

The committee has also decided to cancel the remaining Monday sessions (due to run until 6th April)

March 17th, 2020

Next Adult Beginners Course

Looking for a last minute present?

Want to get fit after Christmas?


Our next beginners course will start on Thursday 16th January.

Contact Paul on paul@hardens.me.uk

December 23rd, 2019

Subscriptions for 2019-2020

There are 2 options for membership this year: 

1: Thursdays only 

OR

2: Mondays and Thursdays

Mondays’ will be 1930 to 2130 in Wasps.

Mondays’ session will be for 25 weeks: 23rd September to 9th December and 13th of January to 6th April.

(Thursdays’ will be on all year as current)

For Thursdays only:

Adults: £400

Students/U18’s: £250

Summer only Students: £125

For Mondays and Thursdays:

Adults: £650

Students/U18’s: £425

September 14th, 2019

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