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Fencing as a Sport of Physical and Mental Conditioning

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Fencing is a sport that is one part physical and one part mental. Conditioning both helps to ensure that you are at the top of your game. The process of conditioning is through practice and experience. Conditioning is not found through only fencing practice but also in complementary activities. It has been argued that fencing during practice is 95% physical and 5% mental while in tournament it is the exact opposite ( 1 ). It is first beneficial to understand what physical and mental conditioning means.   Physical conditioning requires the preparation of the body for rigorous aerobic exercise and ensuring the muscles are both tone and have endurance. Mental conditioning includes learning a variety of movements, ensuring quick reaction, and perceptive within the game. Physical conditioning requires the ability to engage in aerobic, stamina, and physical strength ( 2 ).   Fencing requires heavy clothing and lots of speed and can get most athletes winded quickly. The body mu