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Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: February 2015 (Page 1 of 2)

5 Reasons to Sign Up Your Child for Sport Summer Camp

Sport Summer CampsIt’s only February, but it’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for the summer. Children get excited when summer break rolls around for the vacation from school, but experienced parents know it doesn’t take long for them to get bored sitting around the house! Summer camps are a great way for your child to spend time during the summer—plus then you get some time to yourself.

Summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have certain benefits in common like learning independence and getting a break from technology. Sports camps in particular have additional benefits with keeping kids active, building confidence, and more! Even if your child isn’t yet an athlete, there are camp options for beginners as well as experienced competitors. Here are five good reasons to sign your child up for a sports camp this summer.

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AFM Does It Again: 18 medals in one weekend!

Bay Area Regional Youth Circuit (RYC) - Region 4 - Y10 Men's Epee: AFM fencers swept the podiumI am so proud to report that our hardworking fencers earned 18 medals at this past weekend’s Northern California Region 4 RYC—beating AFM’s previous record of 17 medals in December 2014. It’s especially exciting to note that we swept the podium for TWO events: Y10ME and Y14ME.

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How to Check Your Fencing Equipment Before a Competition

Fencing weapons and fencing equipment are ready for competitionFencing is a unique sport for many reasons: one being the equipment used during competitions. Weapons, electrical cords, masks—it certainly stands out from the rest! The functionality of the equipment is so critical to the bout, both for scoring and safety reasons, that equipment is checked by the referee prior to a bout and a fencer can be penalized or disqualified if everything isn’t in working order.

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The Lifelong Benefits of Helping Children Get in the Habit of Physical Activity

AFM fencers play beach volleyball during summer fencing campWe all know that exercise is good for us and we’re familiar with some of the most common benefits: a fitter, stronger body and mind—both mental clarity and improved mood, and lower risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. But did you know that a new study shows that exercise can also change the shape and function of our genes? You can click the link for the nitty-gritty details, but basically this study suggests that we may be able to train our genes in order to get healthier and more functional muscles. I’m no scientist, but can you imagine what this might mean for children and whether they are active in their younger years?

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3 Reasons Why It’s Important to Attend Fencing Divisional Qualifiers

Thinking of participating in fencing divisional qualifiers (inspired by Roden's statue of thinking man)During the next two months, fencing divisions around the country are holding qualifiers for Summer Nationals 2015 in San Jose. The tournaments cover categories Y14, Division 2, Division 3, and Veterans. Are you on the fence (no pun intended) about going? Whether you think you’re too much of a beginner or you’re a very good fencer who has auto-qualified for nationals, I’d like the chance to convince you that it’s best for you and for U.S. Fencing if you attend.

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