How to get kids involved with olympic sports.
Forget the pretend lightsabers and learn to use the real metal.
What it takes
Kids as young as 8 can start lunging like Luke, but don’t expect to become an instant Jedi master. Speed and cardiovascular fitness are necessary—and get developed—with fencing. And it’s often compared to a physical version of chess, where strategy plays a big role in success. Beginners start with once-a-week classes, but serious competitors train almost every day.
Why not? Fencing is a small sport in the United States. You may have the quick reflexes to stand out.
Why do it?
Fencing is as much about strategy and precise movements as physical strength. Plus, you get to dress like an alien superhero.
The Windy City Fencing Club offers beginner lessons for children eight and up at the Menomonee Club. 1535 N Dayton St (windycityfencing.com). Classes start at $165 per six-week session; equipment is provided, or buy your own starter set for about $100.