Academy of Fencing Masters Blog

Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: December 2017 (Page 1 of 2)

AFM 2017 Year in Review

AFM 2017 Year in ReviewWhat an amazing year it’s been here at Academy of Fencing Masters!

The last twelve months have seen growth in our club, fantastic finishes for our fencers, expansion of our facilities, and tremendous support from the community. It’s been a good year for AFM, but most of all it’s been a good year for our incredible fencers.

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Fencing Holiday Funnies

holiday fencing funnies - fencing against Santa Claus at Campbell Carol of LightsThe holidays are here again! We hope that this fun and festive time finds your family in good spirits and feeling wonderful.

Recently we ran across some silly, fun fencing images on Pinterest, that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves. We hope that they brighten your holiday as much as they brightened ours (and please don’t expect this post to be any serious!)

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Building Camaraderie with Your Fencing Opponent

Building camaraderie with your fencing opponentWhat is an opponent? When a fencer is battling another fencer for points, what is the emotional level that they should be at? How much of the “enemy” is a fencing opponent?

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Why Kids Quit Fencing and What Parents Should Do About It

Why Kids Quit Fencing and What Parents Should Do About It“Mom and Dad, I want to quit fencing.”

This is a serious situation that many fencing parents have had to face. They put a great deal of effort and hard work into supporting their child in this rigorous and expensive sport, only to have them suddenly want to quit.

The statistics back up the experience – 70% of children drop out of organized sports by the time they turn thirteen. That’s a sad number! Youth sports in general, and we believe that fencing in particular, are powerful and important for kids. We see so often that families struggle with pushing kids into fencing at younger ages, only to find that they burn out and don’t want to keep up. It’s especially tough to see a fencer with dedication and talent drop out.

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Emotions in Fencing – Ally or Enemy?

Emotions in Fencing - Enemy or Ally

One of the reasons we love fencing is because of the emotional payoff that comes with it. But is the rollercoaster of emotion that comes with training and competing something that we should embrace as fencers or something that we should try to stifle? Are emotions in fencing an ally or the enemy?

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