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NCAA Fencing Guide – BEST Resource for High Schoolers in Fencing

Looking for the BEST Resource for High Schoolers in Fencing? Here it is.

NCAA Fencing Guide - BEST Resource for High Schoolers in Fencing

Finding the best resources for fencing can be a challenge. There’s so much to learn, and there’s also SO much information out there to be had. Where can you find the right stuff? What’s the most effective fencing resource online?

The answer is unequivocally Jason Roger’s Ultimate Guide to NCAA fencing.

What makes Jason Roger’s Ultimate Guide to NCAA Fencing great?

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Sport and Leadership – What Fencing Does for Kids

Sport and Leadership – What Fencing Does for KidsOf everything that sports does for kids, one of the most underrated benefits is that it teaches them to be incredible leaders. Growing good leaders isn’t easy, but it’s something that’s worth parents putting efforts into. That’s because leadership can make a massive difference in the long term life of kids.

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Quick Mental Preparation Tips for Beginners in Fencing Competition

Mental Preparation Tips for Beginners in Fencing CompetitionHow do you get ready for a fencing competition? One thing that we know is that winning is as much about the mental game as it is about the physical preparation. That’s true for professional fencers and for beginner fencers as well.

I remember once seeing two very different approaches during the same competition. One mom tried to make her son be aggressive, she talked with him about getting ready, she even screamed on her son’s coach demanding find somebody to help him with the warm up. Her son was very nervous even before he started.

But the other dad just warmed up my heart. This dad did a perfect job preparing his son to the competition – they talked about learning during his bouts and having fun, he smiled and created such a pleasant atmosphere around him! Then they did a warmup and stretching together!!! I have a lovely picture during stretching. It means a lot for young kids to feel that their parents encourage them to enjoy their fencing. The second boy smiled a lot and went home so happy! I loved it a lot!!

With that in mind, we’ve put together some mental preparation tips for fencing competition that will allow you to help your child to get into the right headspace for the next time he or she steps on the strip.

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Fencing Sharpens Your Brain – How Fencing Prevents Cognitive Decline

Fencing Sharpens Your Brain – How Fencing Prevents Cognitive DeclineWe all know that it’s important to keep our brains sharp as we get older. What’s so challenging to figure out is how to make that happen. People often talk about reading or doing puzzles as the best ways to keep the mind sharp, but those kinds of mental only activities can only go so far. More and more, scientists are discovering that in order to get the most benefit, you need to do activities throughout life that are both physically AND mentally engaging at the same time. It turns out that fencing is one of the best ways to do that.

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Cadet and Junior Regional Points – Confusions and Clarifications

Cadet and Junior Regional Points - Confusion and ClarificationThe most challenging of qualification paths for fencing is the Cadet/Junior path. It’s incredibly confusing.

Even those of us who have an intimate understanding of these two paths can find the whole thing a bit overwhelming. I know I’ve written about the qualifications extensively in the past, and apparently it was confusing for me as well.

Why are the Cadet and Junior qualifying paths so confusing?

Our next task is to figure out why these two qualifying paths are so doggone confounding. What is it about these that makes them more of a challenge to figure out than say, Y10 vs. Y12?

There are many reasons for the difficulty, and here are some to name a few:

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