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October 25, 2016

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013 12:00 am

A growing part of the Galveston Fencing Club the last two years has been its youth fencers. Fencing is not only fun for the children, but represents a very positive activity. 

First, they are active and doing something, not being passive receptacles for programming beamed out from the TV or computer. Fencing helps children get fit – you can’t “swordfight” without a good bit of movement! 

Fencing helps children learn to pay attention and to develop their decision-making abilities.

Fencing is an individual sport; the fencer is responsible for their success or failure, which becomes a great lesson in responsibility.

It provides an outlet for getting out aggression in a safe and controlled environment.

It may surprise some, but fencing is one of the safest sports that you can compete in. The most common injuries in fencing reflect those of other sports — ligament sprains and muscle strains account for over half of the injuries. When comparing insurance rates for “Accident Medical Coverage” for sports teams and leagues, the insurance premiums for fencing are the least expensive — cheaper than for volleyball and basketball.

By learning fencing, a child learns self-discipline, respect for others, independence and the importance of honesty and fair play. Such skills are transferable to any endeavor and help to create a well-rounded and active person.

Fencing is a life-long sport that welcomes all ages. You can learn it when you’re young, or when you’re young at heart. While most sports only reward speed or power, fencing lets you choose whether you are going to win by using your speed, or using your guile — which allows the parents to teach their children a thing or two while the children do the same to us.

The Galveston Fencing Club meets Monday and Wednesday evenings in the gym at the O’Connell School. Classes for fencers 12 and under are held from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Classes for older youths and adults are held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Those curious about the sport are welcome to stop by and visit.

Students from the O’Connell School and Holy Family School may take classes free of charge. For information on tournaments, classes, fees and requirements you may email the club at gfencing@gmail.com, visit their website at http://www.galvestonfencing.2itb.com/ or look for them on Facebook.