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5 touch bout vs. 15 touch bout – What’s the Difference?

5 touch bout versus 15 touch boutAt a recent big national tournament, a parent and I watched as a much higher ranked epee fencer lost 5:2 in the pools to a much weaker opponent. It happened so fast! I mentioned to the parent that in a 15-point match, the stronger opponent would likely have won. She of course immediately asked “why is that?”

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Ode to Fencing

Love of sport - love fencing valentine day

It’s Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, we’ve got a short poem that extols our love of fencing. We hope you enjoy.

 

How do I love fencing? Let me count the ways.

I love fencing to the height of the podium and the breadth of the strip.

My passion reaches higher, my skill takes flight in every competition trip.

I love fencing to the level of each day’s hard work,

Packing and unpacking the fencing bag in which my smelly glove does lurk.

I love fencing freely, without demanding that it return anything more than I give.

I love fencing purely, for the joy that it brings me in the thrill of swords clinking.

I love fencing with a passion that I put to use in lessons and in classes.

I love fencing when I forfeit a touch or lose the bout.

This goal of winning is not the only thing this is about.

Smiles, tears, aching muscles, tired legs

I shall still love fencing when for a rest my body begs.

 

*this poem was inspired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s classic poem Sonnet 43

**image credit – http://www.loveforsport.co.uk/portfolio/fencing/

Why Fencing is Different than Other Sports

what makes fencing different from other sportsThere are lots of choices for kids and teens when it comes to choosing a sport, and finding the right fit can be challenging. Soccer, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, on and on – there are so many possibilities! Fencing is different than other sports, including travel leagues and competitive sports teams. It’s even fundamentally different than other individual sports.

First, let’s talk about the things that all of these sports have in common. What’s universal is that participation in sports integrates a healthy lifestyle that lasts well beyond childhood. Not just physically, but socially as well. Working with teammates, taking constructive criticism, making and keeping commitments, on and on. Getting involved in a sport is undoubtedly a good thing for kids and teens.

What makes fencing different?

 

Fencing offers some incredible benefits for young athletes, but here are several ways that it’s different than other sports.

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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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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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