Why should I fence?
1. Fencing is fun.
You or your kids dream at night of being Zorro, Luke Skywalker, Inigo Montoya of the The Princess Bride, Aragorn of Lord of the Rings, or D'Artagnan of The Three Musketeers. Why is that? All of those characters are enjoying themselves swinging their sword, out-thinking their opponent, and ultimately triumphing over them. Well, it is time for you to stop dreaming. The fencers at the Denver Fencing Center have that kind of fun night after night.
2. Fencing is cheaper than skiing and many other sports.
Yes, we know the stereotype. You think fencing is only practiced at prep schools and other elite institutions because its expensive. Wrong.
Our classes start at $60 for a six-week class while a day at the slopes could easily cost $60. At the Denver Fencing Center, you can start by renting equipment for your classes. Once you are committed, the practice fencing gear starts at around $100 from most major fencing manufacturers. Competitive fencing gear for local or regional can range in price from $200 to $300. Try to find a good pair of skis and boots for that price.
3. Fencing is a great workout.
Fencing burns 390 calories an hour and fencers have some of the strongest legs pound for pound of any athlete. Youll challenge both your upper and lower body with intensity as you dash up and down the strip. Prone to ankle and knee injuries? Not to worry. Fencing movements emphasize the quads and glutes, minimizing stress on joints.
Fencing improves hand-eye coordination and speeds up your reaction time. Unlike other workouts, fencing is never boring due to the fact that you are constantly trying to out-think your opponent and avoid being hit. Even the best athletes who have taken their first fencing class find their muscles a little sore the next day.
4. Fencing is safer than golf.
Fencing has been shown to be safer than golf. Why? Our best guess is that there are no lighting strikes, no balls or clubs whizzing at you from unknown directions, and fencers wear protective clothing. See the safety section of the website for more information.
5. Fencings popularity is surging and theres no shortage of opponents.
There are over 17,000 card-carrying members of the US Fencing association (required to compete in USFA sanctioned tournaments) and attendance at national tournaments has broken records each of the last few years. In 1997, there were 342,000 people who competed in fencing. In 2001, the number of fencing competitors climbed to 509,000.
The Front Range is one of the best places in the country for fencing. The US Fencing Association (USFA) is headquartered at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs. Regional tournaments are held frequently and attract fencers of all abilities from throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Texas.
So you have convinced me that I want to fence, what is the next step?
The next step is to either visit the Denver Fencing Center or register for a class. Our classes run every six weeks and we are always looking for new students. Go to the classes section of the website for more information.
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