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Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: October 2015 (Page 1 of 2)

Creativity, Sport, and Spooky Fencing Stories

Spooky Fencing Story1 (2)It’s that time of year – when we’re all thinking about spooky things, scary things, Halloweeny things. We love this season! It’s a time for everyone to start thinking creatively and expressing themselves with wild abandon. The rules can bend, and you can literally be anything you want to be for a day! This time of year lends itself to letting go and allowing our creativity to shine through – something that is valuable both in sport and in life.

Creativity is a life skill

Success has lots of components, but chief among them is the ability to adapt to situations quickly and adequately. Thinking on our feet is how we make it! Creativity is the spark of life. That fire of imagination is what makes the world so wonderful, and also what leads to success in sport and in the game of life. Think about it – those people who think outside of the box are the people who have the most impact on the world. Those are the people who rise to the top!

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Fencing With Glasses

Fencing with glasses - learn how you can use your glasses with your fencing mask to fence comfortablySeeing while fencing is a pretty important thing – keep in mind that you are holding a sword! Not to mention thrusting it at another person. Not to mention having one thrust at you.

Glasses are here to help us to see, but just having something on your face when you’re fencing can pose a challenge. Glasses can move around, fall down, become uncomfortable,get foggy and in general be a distraction to fencers. What you’ll hear a lot of people say right out of the gate is that you should just get contacts. But the truth is that’s not always an option for a wide variety of reasons. First off, kids are often not able to wear contacts if they’re too young to take care of them. Then there’s the issue of people who find them terribly uncomfortable, or who in fact are not comfortable with the whole notion of sticking a foreign object into the eye. Either way, it’s completely reasonable and ok to wear glasses during fencing – lots of people do it with much success!

There are some great ways to get what you need out of glasses during fencing, keep reading to learn some tips!

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Cool Fencing Related School Supplies and More

Cool Fencing Related School Supplies and MoreKids love showing off their love of the things that they’re interested in. Sometimes they’re all about a certain music performer or video game, it could be a book series or even a historical figure. For young fencers, that passion is fencing! We absolutely love that our kids get excited about the things that they’re interested in, and in our home we love to really encourage those positive activities.

The trouble is that while you might well find a calendar with soccer stars all over it or a set of pencils with ballet erasers on top at just about any big box store, finding great fencing gear for school isn’t so easy.

Not to worry! Here we’ve got few great ideas for some cool fencing related school supplies and more!

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7 Reasons to Start Fencing in your 30’s, 40’s and Beyond

Adult Fencing Think that fencing is something that you have to start when you’re a kid? You don’t! Fencing is something that you can start at any age. In fact one of the best times to start fencing is as an adult.

There’s a great saying that goes like this:

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.

The second best time is now.

Here are seven great reasons to get started in fencing when you’re an adult.

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Setting Fencing Competition Goals that Fit into Your Lifestyle


Setting fencing Competition GoalsThis post is the second in a three part series on goal setting for fencers.  While there is great information here, we highly recommend that you check out the first post –
Goal Setting, Fencing and Your Lifestyle in order to get the most out of it!

Creating goals that fit into your life is at the heart of improvement and of moving forward. When looking at fencing, it’s important that parents and kids talk together to create a goal plan that includes the input of everyone, otherwise it’s unlikely that the fencer will stick with it or that the parents will be able to offer the support that’s needed to reach what are often difficult (but attainable!) aspirations.

Helping fencing families to get a solid goal plan is an essential part of what we do at our club, and it’s something that we know to be worthwhile. This is especially true for competitive fencers. Simply diving headlong into competition without a plan is going to waste your time and resources, not to mention creating a lot of frustration on the part of everyone involved.

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