Glasgow's Epee Fencing Club and Archery Club in Maryhill
My philosophy is that fencing is a sport which should be accessible to everyone. There are no age restrictions or any other prerequisites/limitations.
Swordplay for all Ages and Abilities
So... what about babies, toddlers and young children?
As soon as children can stand we put a ball in front of their feet to kick, why not put a sword in their hand? If a child can stand upright then they can fence. All children will at some point pick up a stick or something similar and pretend it is a sword, why not cultivate this in a safe way? If we minimise injury, build up confidence, skill and familiarity with swords then we could not only improve the level of fencers in this country but also increase the fitness, strength, speed, flexibility, coordination, precision and balance of the next generation. The swords I provide for young children to play with are developed and designed especially for younger fencers. They are made of soft foam with a flexible fibreglass core and a latex rubber coating and have a very high standard regarding durability, safety and usability.
So... what about pensioners and the elderly?
At the other end of the scale, why would anyone ever be too old for fencing? Fencing will still improve fitness, strength, speed, flexibility, coordination, precision and balance in older people, furthermore a small but growing body of research suggests that fencing and other sports that require quick decision-making may improve cognition in both young and old people, and help stave off certain mental declines associated with aging. Despite age differences younger and older fencers can be well matched because although young people may be more agile physically, older fencers are still able to outthink the younger ones in moves and positioning.
So... what about people with disabilities or learning difficulties?
In these matters I have a little experience. From my Dad who had a stroke to my Mum who has a frozen shoulder and a recurring inner ear problem, my sister who has dyslexia and an iron deficiency, a boy who had dyspraxia, another boy who was terrified of being hit and his mother who was also a stroke victim, a younger boy with autism, a boy who had cerebral palsy and several children (girls and boys) with ADHD, I have helped many people overcome difficulties in order to pursue their dream of learning to fence. I also broke my leg in 2015 and so I had to persevere with myself to get back to the level of fencing that I currently pursue.