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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Subscriptions for 2021-22

Subscriptions for 2021-22 are now due. This covers September 2021 to September 2022

Adults: £400
Students/U18’s: £250

**For members who paid full subscriptions for 2020-21 and are continuing their membership for 2021-22, there is a refund on your membership

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September 10th, 2021

Junior classes back on 16th September

Junior classes will restart on the 16th September, in Twyford school sports hall.

Please contact Paul for details

September 2nd, 2021

Club opening times

  • The club is open Thursday evenings 7-10pm

September 2nd, 2021

Next Adult Beginners Course

The next adult beginners course at Saxon Fencing Club will be starting on Thursday 16th September 2021

The course is from 8.30 to 9.30 and is 5 weeks long

Open the booking form here


All equipment is provided

Please contact Paul for details

August 23rd, 2021

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