My son has been taking fencing lessons for the past 1.5 years. It is an interesting sport that we pursued because he was interested in swords at home.
Some people refer to fencing as "physical chess" because it involves strategy. It is a sport that not only increases physical fitness but also requires focus/attention, as well as a mix of quick thinking and impulse control. At his lessons, the coaches focus on sportsmanship, attention/listening, and basic fencing moves (5-6 year olds). The sport of fencing is divided into three weapons: foil, sabre and épée. He is learning épée.