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Holiday Fencing Gift Guide 2017

Holiday Fencing Gift Guide 2017It’s that time of year again! Everyone is thinking about the holidays right now as we start to prepare for the wonderful season of giving. The holidays just happen to fall right in the middle of fencing season, which makes it a great time to give the fencer in your life something really special. Here are some ideas for things to give the fencer in your life that will support their passion.

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9 Ways to Bring Joy Back to Your Fencing

Bring joy back to fencingHas your fencing turned into a chore?

Do you miss that spark that you used to feel when you first picked up your sword?

Do you wish that you could feel all of those fluttery, festive feelings that you once felt about your fencing?

You can! That sparkle can come back to your swordplay. Bringing the joy back to your fencing isn’t just about having fun though. The more invested in and excited about fencing that you are, the more focus you’ll have and the better you’ll train overall. Keeping your fencing on point is just as much about your enjoyment of the sport as it is about the number of hours you’re able to force yourself into grueling training.

The most accomplished athletes are those athletes who get the most pleasure out of their sport. More joy = better fencing.

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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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Wonder Woman and the Power of the Sword

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’ know that superheros aren’t just guys anymore. Wonder Woman has taken the world by storm, and with good reason.  It’s one of those rare movies that offers everything – a compelling story, incredible action, and a hero that we can all cheer for. Oh, and it’s the first comic book film to star AND be directed by a woman.

If you’ve been lucky enough to see the film already, then you no doubt know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, then grab some popcorn and a ticket! But don’t worry, you can read this article first. We promise – no spoilers.

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9 Tips on How to Fence a Taller Fencer

9 Tips on How to Fence a Taller Fencer

The age categories in fencing generally mean that you’ll be fencing someone who is about the same height as you are – generally speaking. However it’s not uncommon to come across a fencer who is much taller than you are, and that can pose its own unique set of challenges. To take on a fencer who towers over you, you need to rethink your strategies.

Kids especially can benefit from learning how to fence against opponents who are much taller than they are, as growth spurts can mean that there’s a foot difference in two fencers who are within just a year or two in age, and even for between the kids of the same age. Also, young fencers can be easily intimidated by the prospect of fencing against much taller opponent, and unclear what they should do in this case.

Here are nine tips for how to fence a taller fencer.

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