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Focus, Fun and Elite Athletes – How enjoying your sport makes you better

Super fencing Bowl How enjoying your sport makes you better fencing and footballElite athletes can be found in all sports, but undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events every year is the Super Bowl.

Football and fencing might seem like polar opposites, but in reality they have a lot in common. First off, both are very physical sports that require precision and focus. They also both have proud histories. Fencing and football each require years of discipline and dedication in order to achieve mastery. There’s a certain amount of daring required to play football and to fence, after all each does require you to hit you opponent.

Finally, both can be perhaps a bit stuffy and stiff. That’s not to say that they aren’t fun and immensely enjoyable to engage in, but it is to say that there is a perception that in order to be good in football or in fencing you have to be ultra serious. Practice and competition aren’t supposed fun – they’re supposed to be focused, right? Well, actually you can be both focused and have an incredible amount of fun. And probably this is the only way to succeed by having both.

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The Importance of Breath Control for Fencers

Importance of breath control for fencersBreathe in.

Breathe out.

Breathe in.

Breathe out.

Seems simple enough right?

Breathing is really simple. It comes naturally to our bodies as a way to nurture and sustain us, providing life sustaining oxygen to our brains and our muscles. The simple act of drawing air in and then expelling it is universal, extending to land animals and even to plants. It is fundamental.

However for the fencer breathing can be so much more than just a life sustaining action. Good breath control is a way to take your fencing to the next level. How? Because just as we refine the way that we stand and the way that we walk as fencers, so too do we refine the way that we breath in order to give us that next level of control.

But as breathing is important for any sport, little is being said about proper breathing for fencing.

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Fencing Improves Agility, both Physical and Mental

Fencing Improves Agility, both Physical and MentalOne of the things that we love about fencing is that it improves agility. This starts from the very moment that a person step out to practice on that first day of training and continues to grow even in the most experienced fencers as they hone their craft. However as a sport, it doesn’t just improve our physical agility, which we would naturally expect, fencing also improves our mental agility.

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How to register for US Fencing NAC’s and Nationals

How To register for US Fencing NACThe most common question we are asked by novice parents is how to register for the US fencing NAC’s and National Championships, such as Junior Olympics Championship and Summer Nationals.

When competing at local, regional, and sometimes national level tournaments,  most parents become accustomed to using the askFred interface and intuitively try to search for NAC registration there as well – to no avail!  NAC’s and National Championships are tournaments that are organized by USFA and are managed at their portal, called Railstation. So you won’t find them on askFred.

Unfortunately the Railstation interface is not the most intuitive, and without some guidelines it might be quite challenging to figure it out by yourself. With the upcoming March NAC and the regular fee registration deadline just in few days, I’ve decided to write a simple explanation that will help you to sign up your child.

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Encouraging Your Child to Stick with Fencing

Encouraging Your Child to Stick with Fencin

Kids can be tough to figure out. One minute they’re super excited about something, and the next they’re completely over it! Fencing is a big commitment for a family, and it’s one that we really want to see our children succeed at. How can you encourage your child to stick with fencing?

Just as with most things in life, it’s better to act in a proactive way. Encouraging your child in positive ways all along the way will help you from getting to a moment of crisis. Here are some strategies to help you and your family make it work.

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