New South Wales Fencing Centre

Building 2/190 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia

LOCATED IN THE SAME COMPLEX AS SKYZONE, ALEXANDRIA

10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT FENCING...

  1. A fencing blade is the second fastest moving object in sports - only a bullet moves faster!

  2. Fencing is one of only 5 sports to have been in every modern olympics.

  3. Fencing is known for being the only combat sport with no weight classes.

  4. The target area in sabre, originally a cavalry weapon, is from the waist up because it is contrary to the rules of chivalry to injure an opponent's horse.

  5. Fencers wear white uniforms because before the advent of electronic scoring, touches were recorded on the white surface with a wad of ink-soaked cotton on the tips of the weapons.

  6. Many of the ballet positions are derived from fencing.

  7. In the 1924 Olympic Fencing competition the French and Hungarian judges fell out so badly that they had a duel on the Italian/Yugoslavia border. After an hour they were both so badly injured that spectators stopped the fight!

  8. Fencing uses every part of the body and is a thorough work out - fitness and fun! But it is also called physical chess for a reason... Fencing uses one part more than any other. The brain. Strategy can beat the fastest feet.

  9. Speaking of brains, did you know that fencing is a key sport for many of the top performing schools in education in NSW? Sydney Grammar, Sydney Girls High, Sydney Boys High and Reddam for example are all ranked in the top 10 for HSC results in 2018 - all are fencing schools.

  10. Fencing can help you get where you want to go. Steve Levitt, Freakonomics; "By my calculation, about 0.4 percent of (all) kids, so about 1 in 250 kids, will make it to one of the top 10 schools (Universities) in the USA...exactly 46 schools have fencing. But the correlation between quality of school and having a fencing team is incredibly high. For instance, among the top 10-ranked schools in the country, 9 of those 10 have a fencing team. It’s something like six or seven percent of the kids who ever try to be fencers end up being college fencers. I’m not saying they get scholarships but they’re likely to be admitted to college based on their fencing." So rather than that 0.4% number... "Fencing seems to raise that number holding everything else constant, something like 15-fold."

...AND 5 BENEFITS...

AIDS MENTAL AGILITY

Fencing requires fast and accurate decision-making under conditions of mental pressure and physical exertion. Research from the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that fencers were superior at processing information under such conditions than non-fencers.

SUPPORTS COORDINATION

A French study found that while novice fencers could perform the touche and lunge in isolation as competently as expert fencers, when the movements were combined the experienced fencers were faster.

STRENGTHENS THE ARM

A study from the University of Milan showed that the dominant forearm of fencers was both physically bigger and stronger than the other arm.

GIVES GREATER SPEED AND AGILITY

Fencing involves backwards and forwards motion at speed. Recent research from the University of Motor Sciences in Rome found that fencers could change their intended course of action significantly faster than non-fencers.

INCREASES LEG POWER

The oft-repeated lunge movement strengthens the thighs, calves and bottom. In a study of Olympic athletes, fencers had the greatest leg strength relative to muscle size compared to other sportspeople.

A FEW FAMOUS FENCERS

  • Winston Churchill

  • Angelina Jolie

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Madonna

  • Will Smith

  • Grace Kelly

  • Sylvester Stallone

  • David Beckham

  • Tom Cruise

  • Mark Zuckerburg

  • Paul Rudd

  • Theodore Roosevelt