Fencing, which is often referred to as “physical chess”, is a great mind and body workout that suitable for everyone, even those who may have difficulty with other sports. Besides that, fencing brings a lot of benefits for children with autism, asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and other related conditions. When playing fencing, children are required to fully focus and learn how to control their body in a way different than they ever have before.
Here are the main advantages of fencing:
- Develop good hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. In fencing, one of the first things that autistic children can be learned is how to control their blade. They learn and explore the way of controlling the small movements in their hands, fingers and feet. This can bring great impacts especially in improving their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Moreover, the children can also develop their balance and quick reflexes.
- Improve the concentration. As we know, many sports including fencing needs a great deal of mental focus. In order to be successful, the children are required to consider and plan for their next move. At the same time, they also need to watch the opponent’s moves. Since fencers are engaged in physical activity that they enjoy with, they do not realise the amount of mental effort they are exerting. Therefore, fencing is actually an extremely useful tool in training a child’s ability to focus and this new-found ability can carry over into academics and other areas of the child’s life.
***For your information, AFY’s founder Dr Khew will be in charge of the fencing session. He was a fencer in national team and used to take part in Commonwealth Game.***