Engaging mind & body: Fencing enhances hand-eye coordination and balance

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

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Mid-South Fencing Club in Durham offers classes for ages 7 and up. [Photo courtesy of Mid-South Fencing Club

   Our overall population would be far more fit   if  joining a gym captivated people in the same   way as the latest episode of “Game of Thrones.”
As this is not the case, people have a tendency   to quickly forget their fitness resolutions. So   quickly, in fact, that US News & World Report   has estimated that 80 percent of resolutions   fail by the second week of February. We   routinely break these promises to ourselves   only six short weeks after they are   enthusiastically made.
Perhaps the trick to getting and staying in   shape is to engage the mind along with the   body. The solution should involve having fun,   and a great way to do this is to learn a new activity. So why not try the classic sport of fencing?
Fencing, which is as much a mental as it is a physical sport, can be learned at any age, and continued for as long as you want. This highly adaptable sport enhances your balance, reflexes and hand-eye coordination, while at the same time promoting overall fitness.
Mid-South Fencers’ Club, located near the Historic Brightleaf District in downtown Durham, offers classes and camps, as well as individual and group lessons that include drills, games, exercises, technique and bouts. Members range from 7 years old up to the oldest member who is in his 80s. The club supports its members at every level, from beginners to Olympic-level and Paralympic-level competitors. In addition to traditional saber, foil, and epée, they also offer historical Longsword classes, specializing in German Longsword.
Ranked among the “Best Fencing Clubs” in the United States, Mid-South makes it easy to get started. No enormous upfront commitment is required. Join them for a free introductory class, or sign up for an eight-week introduction session where you will learn the fundamentals of this exciting sport. All necessary equipment is provided, so you only need to bring your willingness to have fun and try something new. Their highly qualified coaches and staff are there “to meet your challenge, inspire, and support you.”

For more information, visit Mid-South Fencers’ Club online at MidSouthFencersClub.org.

Chandler Holland is a homeschool high school graduate and a Teens & Twenties writer. She looks forward to attending Warren Wilson College, and will obtain her NC Environmental Educator Certification during her gap year.

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