First glance would not provide a clue as to the connection between fencing and obesity. However, if you’d ever taken a beginning fencing class you’ve discovered that a fencing lesson is challenging if you are not physically fit when you arrive. I’ve seen first-hand evidence how how obesity makes life difficult for some. On a couple occasions we have welcomed men to River City Fencing only to observe that early footwork drills were a slog. I aimed a keen eye on one novice for fear that simple warm-up regimens might throw him into cardiac arrest.
This as a sad state of affairs. The human body is meant to be used. Yet, our daily lives certainly can’t compare to the physical activity our fathers and grandfathers needed to complete simple tasks. Nowadays, not sitting at your desk staring at a computer might be seen as an indication of “screwing around” on the job.
I see fencing as many things. Fencing can be pursued as a craft or art. Fencing can be a sport with weekends filled scoring points at USFA tournaments. Fencing can be a pedagogical drill for instructor and student. Fencing can be a recreation for youngsters and adults who desire a productive pastime. For those who are overweight fencing can be used to inspire the body’s movement and the spirit’s aim to quixotic endeavors.
Challenges, grueling challenges, make us stronger in character and physique. Thus, fencing may be a good dare for those hoping to renew their lives as leaner, active people. Below is a link that rosters the costs of obesity. Obesity is an enemy.