Pole fencing in Waiblingen and Stuttgart: sport as balance in everyday stress – news from Waiblingen

Fencing is a European fencing art, a mixture of stick fighting and European saber fencing from the 19th century. Fencers train regularly in the Waiblinger Rundsporthalle. But what is this rare sport really all about?

The head of the Institute for Pole Fencing Stuttgart, Arne Schneider, gave up his job as a communication designer in 2009 and founded the institute. A coach had advised him to take this step. Since then, he has helped people through pole fencing to develop their personality and their potential. In addition to personnel fencing courses, the offer also includes team building and impulse seminars as well as coaching for companies. After a short warm-up, there are always many introductory exercises that sensitize perception and attention in order to become aware of one’s own physical and mental potential. This is how you are always safe, present and focused in picket fencing.

Perception is key

Fencing is carried out with a 115 centimeter long stick according to a proprietary fencing system developed by the Institute for Stick Fencing. “Picket fences offer metaphors for professional and private life,” explains Schneider. “Be strong. Deciding to take off the sword. standing back to back. “A battle is like a small life. We fight small and big battles with ourselves, with our colleagues, business partners or with things. To survive a battle, it is important to know the opposites so that we remain balanced. Awareness is key as we fence without protective equipment and control staff safely and clearly.”

Corona slowed down the success

Arne Schneider lived temporarily in Waiblingen and since 2015 has been building a pole fencing group that has grown steadily. “We train in a trusting, family atmosphere with all age groups.” In September 2022, the fencers moved from the Wolfgang Zacher School to the gymnasium in the round sports hall, where there is room for ten fencers. Corona slowed the upward trend: At the start of 2020, there were still 16 staff fencers on the courses, then Corona came and the gates were closed for the time being. “Without the loyalty and support of the students, who thankfully continued to pay the monthly fee, I would not have been able to stay afloat,” says Schneider. He kept members engaged with online fitness training. The number of participants is currently five pole fencers, which was originally 16. But Arne Schneider is optimistic: pole fencing is a good balance for everyday hassles these days. Pole fencing improves coordination and endurance and strengthens the muscles of the back and legs. In addition, picket fencing improves coordination, body control, presence, self, spatial and external perception.

Quick sense of achievement

Beginners in pole fencing quickly get their first sense of achievement. After just a few hours, cuts and parries are learned and enable an exchange of blows. The goal is to fence freely and control the baton, not to hurt the other thanks to presence and perception, but to have fun and enjoy working together and against each other. “It’s fencing at eye level.” The way pole fencing is taught, beginners learn what they need for a fight: attention, pole control, mastery of mind and body, and respectful interaction with each other. All of this must be learned and used so that stick fencers can compete with and against each other in training and combat for the long term. The participants are between 14 and over 50 years old. Interested parties must have fun and enjoy coordinated movement. Drinks and loose, sporty clothes, sports shoes or indoor shoes are brought. Staff are made available.

Tasting deals in Waiblingen

The training takes place in Stuttgart and Waiblingen. Anyone interested in trying pole fencing can take part in trial training on Monday 9 and 16 January from 18:30 to 20:00 in the round sports hall. A beginner’s course starts on 24 January in the circular sports hall. Registration at www.stabfechten.de or post@stabfechten.de.

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