Fencing is the Olympic sport of sword fighting which is directly descended from the duel. Two competitors face off in a “bout”, and compete to score points on each other with their weapons. To beat an opponent, a fencer must use bladework, footwork, tactics and strategy. Fencing bouts are characterized by flurries of speed, highly aerobic movements, and lightning-fast blade maneuvers. Fencing is a sport that not only provides an excellent physical workout, but will develop skills to think strategically. Fencing can improve your child’s speed, flexibility, and reflexes. It can be instrumental in helping your child learn good sportsmanship, respect, and patience while at the same time increasing a child’s desire to excel. Statistically, it has been proven that children, who participate in sports, excel better academically and socially.