Advocates of sports will often cite their ability to “build character”. To this we ought to say “amen”, so long as the trouble is taken to see what and how such character is built. As such, Classical fencing, (and some modern fencing), provides a noteworthy example:
“Even though there are as many as five officials presiding over a fencing contest, fencers are still honour-bound to acknowledge all hits they receive. This, I believe, makes fencing quite unique in two ways, one very intriguing and the other very important.
The intriguing thing is that if fencing is only a “sport” (as some might insist) then it is the only one in which your opponent determines your score for you.
The important thing, however, is this: fencers acquire the habit of being honest, gracious and, above all, self-responsible. The presence of an official does not relieve the fencer of his/her obligation of honour. A fencer considers it elementary, in fact, that nothing and no one can absolve you from personal responsibility for your own actions.”
-“Why Study Classical Fencing?”