Fencing gaining popularity among Chinese

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Added On August 11, 2018

 Chinese are celebrating China's 10th National Fitness Day.

 
As people's living standards improve, they have begun taking advantage of greater access to all kinds of fitness training options.
 
Fencing is one increasingly popular workout. 
 
Once considered expensive and aristocratic, fencing has become an affordable sport that's loved by a considerable number of young people.
 
SOUNDBITE: WU JIASHU, Fencing Student
"My name is Wu Jiashu, I'm a student at a High School that's affiliated with Nanjing Normal University. I'm 17 and have been practicing fencing for almost two years."
 
SOUNDBITE: WU JIASHU, Fencing Student
"One of my cousins was doing fencing, and I learned about it from him. The fitness center I go to was promoting their fencing program, so I gave it a try and decided to start practicing. I started with duelling because the rules are simpler."
 
SOUNDBITE: WU JIASHU, Fencing Student
"I was really excited about doing the sport and really nervous on my first day. I knew nothing about it, but the coach was patient and I learned quickly. The coach taught everyone the same skills, moves and methods, but the interesting part is how you use what you learn to defeat your rival. That's why I love fencing. It requires a lot of thinking. For basketball, football or racing, your physical condition matters a lot more than your mind. But in fencing, I think it's half-and-half. I like sports where you think a lot, so I stick with fencing."
 
SOUNDBITE: WU JIASHU, Fencing Student
"Fencing can train your mind and improve your ability to cope with pressure. We practice combat to find out where our weaknesses are and we try our best to improve."
 
SOUNDBITE: SUN JING, Mother of Wu Jiashu
"The sport is very helpful. My son does a lot of leg stretching, which is very good for physical development. My son is 6’3 in and I think it's partially because he loves sports.  Fencing requires wearing a sword, that helps to encourage bravery, perseverance and resistance to setbacks. We sometimes talk about situations where you lose a match and how to deal with it."
 
SOUNDBITE: CAO CHEN, Head of Fencing Program
"It's not easy to promote fencing as a fitness training program. You need to practice for a long time before you can actually see any progress. People also have problems finding proper fields and understanding the complicated rules. But we try to simplify all that to make it easier for most people to practice. On National Fitness Day, we offer free services to the public, and our fencing venue is free of charge all day."
 
SOUNDBITE: WU JAISHU, Fencing Student
"I think more needs to be done to promote fencing in China. It's called a gentleman's sport, and I think it's good for people my age. But it's not a well-known sport yet. It would be good if we had fencing classes in school so that more students could learn about it."