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Shadow Fencing – A Great Way for Fencers to Hone Their Skill

Shadow fencing - A great way to hone fencing skillsGreat fencers spend the most time practicing in smartest ways. Smart practice starts with finding the best practice methods, then honing your skills using those methods.

Shadow fencing is a practice technique that allows fencers to step up to their fencing no matter where they are.  You can even practice if you don’t have a weapon! You might be shadow fencing already and don’t even realize it. The question is whether you’re doing it as smartly as you could be, and whether you’re getting the most out of your shadow fencing sessions.

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Understanding Weapon Checks During the Bout

Weapon check during the fencing boutBeing in Salt Lake City at the US Fencing Summer Nationals gives a fencer and their parents a lot of experience. It’s the kind of experience that’s very difficult to acquire in any other venue. This experience is invaluable and cannot be substituted, either by private lessons or in group classes. Fencing Summer Nationals are a huge event that brings together fencers from all over the United States and even the world. There’s so much fencing going on – so much to see and do absorb!

Due to the sheer volume of fencing that you either participate in or watch, fencers expose themselves to this experience that’s really fantastic and brings their fencing up to a whole new level. There’s truly nothing like it.

You learn about tactical decisions, you see how fencers behave on the strip, you see a lot of actions and technical elements at the highest possible levels in each category. Of course you are exposed to a lot of implementations and interpretations of rules as well. Some of those rules you might not have known existed before.

One of the rules that many people don’t know about is weapon check.

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The Importance of Fencing Summer Nationals Preparation Camps

Fencing Summer Nationals Preparation CampGetting ready for Fencing Summer Nationals can feel daunting.  Fencers want to give their best performance when the big day comes, because of course they’ve worked so hard for this opportunity. But how to go about doing it? The answer lies in doing preparation in the right way.

What is fencing summer nationals preparation camp?

Every club in the country, in fact every club around the world, holds preparation camps prior to the major events. Though the events might vary, the training regimen that’s the hallmark of these camps isn’t. The model is one that works, giving fencers the boost that is incredibly helpful in the last few weeks before national or international competition. These camps run from 1 week to 3 or even 4 weeks in some cases. The purpose of the camp is to bring its athletes to the peak performance for this tournament.

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Small Steps = Big Progress

Small steps big progress - fencing journeySport isn’t math.

People often think about development in sports as something akin to a mathematical equation. Something along the lines of the following (though in different people’s mind the specifics might be slightly different):

  • A = hours cross training
  • B = private lessons
  • C = getting the right equipment

But that’s not really the way that fencing works, or in fact the way that any sport works. What actually happens with sports is that the journey is very much individual in nature, and it’s not exactly a straight line for nearly anyone. Progress forward in sport can’t be seen as an overly analytical venture, it’s got to be viewed much more through the lens that an artist might see their work through. Could you look at a painting by Picasso and figure out its worth based on an equation?

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5 Common Fencing Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Common Fencing InjuriesFor all of the intellectual rigor that goes along with fencing, there’s certainly an element of physical rigor that goes along with this sport as well. Though we strongly believe that fencing is one of the safest sports out there (and there’s plenty of research to back that up), we also recognize that every sport has its share of common injuries. That’s because, even though fencing is truly a full body sport, you’re still using some the same parts of the body over and over again as you move and train.  Those parts of the body are naturally going to be more prone to injury.

The good news is that the fencer has plenty of resources to help the body stay fit and strong and active throughout the fencing process.

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