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Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Art of Fencing, Art of LifeIt’s the thing that defines us, fencers – the notion that fencing is about more than just banging swords together, it’s about learning to live life better.

Art of Fencing.

Fencing of course began not as a sport, but as a means of war. Sword fighting wasn’t invented because it was beautiful, it grew out of necessity. That necessity is in many ways very beautiful, in part because it speaks to something deep within us all – a fire to win, to survive, to protect.

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7 Reasons to Start Your Child Fencing This Winter

start your child fencing this winter-its a best sport all year aroundThough we don’t get much snow here in California, we still find that winter offers different challenges and opportunities than other times of the year. In fact winter is a perfect time to get started with fencing!

Why?  Here are seven reasons to start your child in fencing this winter.

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Counting Our Blessings at AFM

Counting blessings in sport of fencingIt’s Thanksgiving, the original American Holiday that calls for us to stop and take stock of the good things in our lives.

This day has a beautiful tradition of highlighting the positive things in life, the aspects of our relationships and our world that inspire us to be better people. Fencing brings so many wonderful things to us, some of them that we can measure, and many more that are beyond measure.

Today we’d like to count all of our blessings, both large and small. It’s so easy just to plug in and walk through life in a stupor, not really stopping to think about all of the good things that we are blessed with. And we are blessed with so many!

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Do I need a coach at the fencing competition?

Yakov Danilenko coaching Jessica Lin at the final strip at November 2016 NAC in MilwaukeeSome fencers and their parents feel that they may be able to make it at tournaments without the help of a coach, even at major and important ones.

Other fencers and their parents mistakenly think that coaches are there to attend competitions with only one purpose – to help fencers win that extra bout in the pools or DE, or to score a decisive touch. They look at the coach as a savior or a wizard who should tell their fencer what and how to do at the decisive moment, and sometimes the expectation is even that the coach will have the power to teach some new and universal move that works in all situations and against any opponent. At times they even look to a coach to quickly teach how to make some incredible so called magic trick or give “a magic pill” that will guarantee a win in the final moments of the fight.

If the coach does not meet these requirements and conditions, in many cases, the work of the coach at the fencing competition is considered unsatisfactory and thereby the tournament unsatisfactory. Typically, the next time competition rolls around, these fencers and parents think that help from a coach at the fencing competition is a waste of money.

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Tweens Fencers: How Fencing Can Help To Find Their Way

How Fencing Can Help Tweens Find Their WayBeing a tween can be hard stuff.

The “inbetween” years, when you’re not old enough to be a teenager whose running around with tons of freedom and lots of excitement but you’re too old to be a little kid, well they’re just hard years. Those ten-eleven-twelves when your body hasn’t’ caught up with your brain and no one seems to take you seriously are some of the most challenging times of growing up.

Helping tweens to find their way in the world isn’t an easy task, but it’s one that parents know is so important in order for their kids to thrive.

Fencing is a wonderful way to help older kids find their way, even as they navigate the middle years. How? Here are six of the biggest issues for tweens, plus ways that fencing can help your middle schooler to combat those same issues.

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