We’ve all likely, at some point in our lives, consider what it would be like to be in a real sword fight. The danger is often what first comes to mind, but what if I told you that the opposite was true? That sword fighting is actually pretty safe, a huge health benefit to you, and it’s a great way to stay in shape.

 

The great thing about medieval sword fighting more specifically is that you’re working your body in more than just one way. In order to perform offensive and defensive techniques properly and effectively, you’ll need endurance, strength, balance, agility, and a snappy reaction time in order to defeat your opponent. In this blog, we’re going to talk about several of the biggest health benefits of sword fighting so you can pursue your childhood dream of being in a sword fight.

 

Endurance

Sword fighting is a great form of cardiovascular exercise. If you’re a runner, swimmer, or biker, chances are, you really value your ability to go long distances without being out of breath afterward. Sword fighting is similar in that it requires you to maintain stances and perform difficult offensive and defensive maneuvers without a drop in performance. If you’re looking for a way to mix things up, try adding some sword fighting into your cardio exercise routine!

 

Agility

Sword fighting is a sport that requires a lot more agility than many sports. Like other martial art forms, medieval sword fighting requires you to react quickly to incoming attacks and perform counter-attacks, all while maintaining balance and good form. Sword fighting requires that you master your body’s movements in order to defeat another opponent.

 

Strength

Unlike fencing which is mostly based on agility and speed, medieval sword fighting also requires a lot of strength. This form of fighting is usually done with heavy two-handed long swords that require a lot of strength to be able to swing them.

 

Balance

For those who are new to sword fighting, they often don’t think about the balance that is required. If you’re ever caught off guard by an attack and don’t have good balance, you might trip or get knocked over easily. This is something that can be worked on and you’ll improve if you practice a lot.

 

Mental health

Another great health benefit to medieval sword fighting is its effects on your mental health. Like a muscle, your brain needs to be worked in order to improve and function properly. Medieval sword fighting will challenge your discipline and willpower and always give you something to work towards.

If you’d like even more reasons to try medieval sword fighting, read our blog about why swords are awesome and three reasons you should be sword fighting frequently. If you’re ready to take the leap and finally try your hand at sword fighting, contact Baer Swords today! We have training classes for both adults and children, and your first class is only $10!