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5 Reasons Winter is the Perfect Time to Plan for Fencing Summer Camp

Beginner Fencing Summer Camp 2017 (San Jose, CA - San Francisco Bay Area)Summer can seem far off as we sit here in mid-January, but it’s not nearly as far off as you might think. Time flies through the spring semester of school in the blink of an eye. Now is a great time to start preparing for fencing summer camps.

No matter where your fencing club is, it’s certain that they’re already getting their plans together for summer camp. Dates are being set and coaches are making out their curricula. If there’s anything that can be said about the sport of fencing, it’s that fencers tend to be planners. That’s because solid planning makes for better training.

Whether your family is new to fencing or has been doing this for a long time, figuring out fencing summer camp in the winter is a good idea. Here are five reasons why winter is the perfect time to plan for fencing summer camp.

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10 Ways to Be a Fencing Mentor

Hello I am your fencing mentorUnlike many other sports, fencing is not mainstream. Most likely the newbie fencer – be it an adult fencer, a child fencer, or the parent of a fencer, has no clue about it. They can often be intimidated by the sheer volume of information.

As a result, there are many things that a fencing aficionado can help them with to make the newbie fencer have an easier time getting into the swing of things. Here are some ideas for becoming a fencing mentor:

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Cadet and Junior Point Reset – New Year, New Points

Cadet and Junior Point Reset on January 10 for Regional Junior Cadet Circuit

JANUARY 10th is the first day of the year for Cadets and Juniors when it comes to the Regional Junior Cadet Circuit (RJCC) season reset. This is critical for parents, coaches, and fencers to remember as it affects qualification for Fencing Summer Nationals and Junior Olympics next year.

Junior and Cadet regional points run on a yearlong basis – from 1/10/2017 to about this date in 2018. This is of course completely different from other regional points (i.e., youth, Div1A, Div2), which run from summer to summer.

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12 Ways to Become a Happier Fencer in the New Year

12 Ways to become happier fencer in a new yearThere’s fencing and then there’s life. One and the other really go together! The other thing that goes with those two pillars is happiness. The goal of this sport isn’t the hardware on the shelf – it’s personal growth that we seek and the happiness that we find along the way.

One of the things that we love most about fencing is the joy that it brings us, just in the doing of it. Fencing is a sport full of happy people! To that end, we wanted to share some of what we’ve learned about happiness and fencing.

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New Year’s Fencing Resolutions

2017 New Year's Fencing ResolutionsImagine it’s December 31st, 2017. You’re looking back over what’s happened in your fencing life in the last year and you’re proud of how far you’ve come. Back in January, you created a list of New Year’s Fencing Resolutions and today you can see that your hard work, focus, and dedication to fencing has helped you to accomplish so much of what was on that list!

The new year is a time for reflecting on the year that’s behind us, but it’s also a time for us to look forward to the 365 days to come. What do we want to accomplish this year?

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