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16 Things that Only Fencers Understand

Only fencers understand that you can use anything for the fencing sword, even bread-sticks at the restaurant!There are many things in this world that, let’s face it, you can only understand if you’ve experienced them. One of those things is fencing – there is specific stuff that will only make sense to you if you’ve been a fencer.

That’s not to say that there’s anything better about fencers than about other kinds of people, but these things are what bind us together – that shared experience. Once you’ve been a part of the world of fencing, you can’t turn your back on it, not really ever. You’ve been a part of something special.

Here are sixteen things that only fencers understand:

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The Road to Rio: Profiles of the US Olympic Fencing Team

US Olympic Fencing Team - Rio 2016The Olympics are nearly here! We’re so excited to be rooting for the US in Rio (and of course following all of the other incredible fencers from around the world).

Check out the profiles of the US Olympic Fencing Team so that you can find yourself more invested in the amazing events happening in Brazil! You’ll find more here than just your standard profile, because we think that the best way to get excited about these fencers and to really connect with them is to dig a bit deeper. This is truly an amazing group of people, not just fencers, but human beings. It’s going to be thrilling to see them compete on the biggest sports stage in the world!

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Why Our Kids Need to Dream Big

Kids should always dream bigAre we teaching our kids to reach too far? It’s highly unlikely that our children will actually make it to the Olympics, so why fill their heads with big dreams that can’t possibly come true?

The impossible happens all the time

It’s true, the odds are long on a given child progressing all the way to the Olympics. In fact it’s downright unlikely that they will. But it’s not impossible.

When a child starts reading, it can seem impossible to them that they’ll ever read easily – those letters are just jumble of shapes and lines. However given time and practice, most kids learn to read. The same is true with any big goal – anything seems impossible to a person who is just starting out, but what if you never tried? Then you’d never have learned how to read, or walk, or drive a car (or fence!). Those things all seemed impossible to you at one point – pie in the sky things that were so far out of your reach.

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Why fencers should write a resume of failures

Fencing resume of failureIt’s natural for us to parade around the amazing things that we do – we celebrate our successes. But just telling everyone out there what we did that was so great doesn’t really tell the whole story does it?

Fencing is very much about learning how to grow from things when they go badly, because let’s face it – things don’t always go perfectly in life or on the strip.

Losing fear of failure

People who are the most successful in life are also the people who see their lives as a whole story, rather than only looking back and seeing the rosy times. That’s because in order to learn more about your life and more about who you are as a person, you’ve got to see it all. Ignoring the struggles only sets you up to be afraid of them in the future, to feel overwhelmed and out of control.

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23 Ways to Enjoy Fencing at Summer

Many Ways to Enjoy Fencing This SummerThe long summer days mean that there’s a lot more time to do things that we wouldn’t normally get to do, a time to hang out and get into all kinds of good stuff. Sometimes figuring out what kind of good stuff to get into can be a challenge – it’s easy to stay in our same old routines. But never fear! Enjoy fencing this summer!

We’re here with some fun ideas to help you get more out of your summer and to do more things with fencing, things that you probably haven’t thought about before.

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