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Month: March 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

Why Your Child Should Take Private Fencing Lessons

Why Your Child Should Take Private Fencing LessonsMost American sports, such as football, basketball, soccer, and volleyball are experienced in a group session. It’s rare to see a student participate in one-on-one coaching. Unless they are going to a very competitive level, the need for private lessons is mostly unnecessary.

However, in more individualized sports, such as tennis, ice skating, or golf, the need for a private instruction is essential, especially when a sport becomes more of the focus. Because of this private coaching can make the difference between a good athlete, and a top rated one.

As an individualized sport, fencing is no different. The importance of knowing the precise technique can mean the difference between progressing or not, and of course between  placing highly in competition, or not placing at all. And with kids especially, progress means more joy from the sport, a desire to continue and a personal commitment to improve.

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Why you must sign up for Fencing Competitions as EARLY as you can!

Why you must sign up for Fencing Competitions as EARLY as you canProcrastination. It gets the best of all of us.

There are a thousand reasons that we put off the things that we need to do, and every one of those reasons is unique. But what’s universal is that both life and fencing are easier when we just go do it!

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How to Prepare for the Unique Challenges of a Large Fencing Competition

How to Prepare for the Unique Challenges of a Large Fencing CompetitionIn the past few weeks I’ve written about the importance of preparing for various fencing competitions, and why your child should attend summer nationals.  I recently returned from March NAC and had several conversations with parents and their fencers about how grueling and challenging a competition at this level can be. I’d like to take a moment to share a bit of that conversation, as it could benefit many families in preparation for summer nationals, as well as other larger competitions down the line.

Over the course of the past 10-15 years American fencing has grown so much that it’s no longer a surprise to attend a national level tournament, such as NAC’s or Summer Nationals and walk into an arena filled with hundreds or maybe even thousand of fencers . Because of the sheer size of this kind of competition, your day is sure to be long, intense, and potentially draining.  It is essential that you make a plan to maintain your physical and mental stamina throughout the day.

While the vast numbers of fencers can indeed prove a distraction, there are several other components to this size of a competition that can drain you and leave you struggling to finish the day.

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15 Reasons Why Your Child Should Participate in Fencing Summer Nationals

15 Reasons Why Your Child Should Participate in Fencing Summer NationalsWe all know that Fencing Summer National are a big deal, but if you’re not aiming for your child to be the next Olympian, then what’s the point?

Many parents struggle to understand just why it’s so important for their young fencers to go to Nationals. It’s a great deal of effort, sacrifice, and expense for a child to make it to this kind of event. At the end of the day, what are they getting out of it?

Fencing Summer Nationals is more than a stepping stone to bigger fencing targets, and it’s not just for those fencers who want to chase their fencing dreams to college and beyond. Participating in this event gives young people something so much more. This is a powerful and important experience for many reasons.

Here are fifteen reasons why you and your child should make the effort to go to Fencing Summer Nationals. And they don’t all have to do with fencing!

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Why Your Child Should Move Out of the Club, and Into Competitions

why your child should move out of the club and into competitionSome fencers choose to compete because they feel pulled to better themselves and their skill. They love the thrill of the fencing competition. They enjoy the excitement of traveling and being a part of their fencing club team. They feel supported by their parents and encouraged to move to the next level.

Others may feel that competition is an obligation, or an unattainable experience. Their parents may even look at their child’s fencing lessons as being recreational, and have no intention of pushing them to compete as that seems to be far too elite, time consuming, expensive, or many other reasons.

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

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