Dunblane Fencing Club began in its current form in 2011 having previously been a school based club. We established a committee and a constitution and applied for our first round of funding in order to meet the needs of the local community and to grow the club, however the growth of the club really began when our first fencer was chosen to represent Scotland at Challenge Wratislavia.
In order to accommodate him, we increased the number of nights we trained and grew our pool of coaches. The following year, we had three fencers receiving their Scotland Caps in Poland and three at the Cadet and Junior Commonwealths so we expanded once again. We concurrently ran taster sessions to bring new young people into this amazing sport.
Our club has grown in numbers and stature and now, with the support of the National Lottery, Club Sport Stirling and Scottish Fencing, we are in a position to extend our reach. We have four coaches, all of whom are actively involved in developing their own practice, sixty fencers from aged 7 to adult and we operate in Dunblane, Denny High School, Stirling University (as part of a pentathlon initiative and for International School) and throughout Stirling and Falkirk as part of our outreach program. Our fencers are beginning to break through Nationally with three finalists at the British Youth Championships in 2017, and recent alumni are already representing GB at International level.
We operate along the values of challenge, community and endeavour and these are at the heart of our operations.
Dunblane Fencing Club, local beginnings, National impact.
Health Benefits of Fencing Include
Strength and Endurance: Fencing involves constant footwork and it’s necessary to be able to move quickly, lightness of the feet and be movement flexibility. Since fencing bouts involve many attacks and counterattacks- so a competitor needs good muscular endurance to avoid becoming fatigued during a match- in both the lower body and upper body.
Increased Anaerobic Fitness: It is an explosive start/stop sport where periods of high intensity activity are interspersed by periods of recovery. Fencing will help develop the body’s ability to perform activity independent of oxygen consumption. As the body’s anaerobic fitness improves, it can work harder and for longer before lactic acid builds up in the muscles and forces them to slow down or stop.
Emphasizes agility, alertness, and endurance: The art of fencing requires quick responsive movements to counter attacks from an opponent and to place the opponent on the defensive. This requires the mind and body to remain agile and alert.
Increased Mental Agility: Fencing is often referred to as physical chess due to the logic and strategy tactics behind the movements. It enhances analytical and strategic capabilities by emphasizing a cool and calculating manner before passion and improvisation. Matches are won on split-second physical and psychological observations of an opponent’s skills and fencing personality, whether passive or aggressive.
Increased Flexibility: Fencing requires the use of a wide range of motion to respond and deflect opposing attacks. The core, arms, and legs all develop a good deal of flexibility in regular fencers.
Stress Reduction: Because it is both a physical and mental sport, it is extremely stress reducing. The mind is focused on a game, and the body is producing feel-good endorphins, resulting in a win-win situation as far as the body is concerned.
Increased Aerobic Fitness: it supports heart health and mental health by increasing oxygen in the blood and releasing endorphins that lead to a positive sense of well-being. The extra oxygen released in the blood also heighten circulation, boost the immune system and enhance the body’s ability to remove pollutants such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
Cardiovascular Health: As the respiratory rate increases and deepens during a match, the oxygen levels in the blood rise. When the heart rate increases, the small blood vessels, or capillaries, widen. By doing so regularly, it makes the heart stronger, pumping blood more efficiently- even when not exercising.
Increased Balance: Since fencing is an offensive and defensive sport, balance is key. The constant motion strengthens the core and increases balance in day to day life as well.
Increased Coordination: Unlike cyclic sports such as running and rowing, fencing requires the body to move in full range, forcing arms and legs to work together in a harmonious fashion as they attack, defend and counter attack. Coordination makes all these moves smoother and more efficient during a match.