Academy of Fencing Masters Blog

Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: June 2014

Now Available: AFM’s FREE Online Book for Parents of Fencers

We’ve been working hard to provide you with a consolidated resource for all the things parents need to know when they’re new to fencing. Our new book, “Parents’ Guide to Fencing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Child in the Sport of Fencing,” is available for download HERE. We encourage you to read it and share it freely with other fencing parents!

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Can parents train their children for fencing at home?

Michael Marx Explains Fencing Tactics to Students

Michael Marx Explains Fencing Tactics to Students

“Can I train my child for fencing at home?” We hear this question from passionate parents quite often. In soccer, baseball, and basketball, it is quite common to see parents playing with their kids in parks and helping their children develop sport-specific skills.

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Exciting News! 2015 Summer National Fencing Championship to be held in San Jose, CA

San Jose McEnery Convention Center will be home to 2015 US Summer National Fencing Championship

San Jose McEnery Convention Center will be home to 2015 US Summer National Fencing Championship

USFA has just announced that the 2015 Summer Nationals will be held in San Jose, CA … for the first time since 2008! This is great news for all competitive fencers because who doesn’t love to travel to California? It’s particularly exciting for us here at AFM and all fencers on the west coast, including California, Oregon, and Washington. USFA also announced that the December NAC will be held in Dallas, TX.

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Fencing and the college advantage

harvard (1)Having fencing listed as an interest on your child’s college application could “make the difference between going to a ‘good’ college or university and a ‘great’ college or university.”[1] Fencing gives that extra advantage when applying to higher education.  Of course academia is important, but fencing gives the impression that the student is well-rounded on a whole additional level than most sports.

Often referred to as “physical chess,” fencing is one of the few sports that exhibits a combination of physical prowess, mental acuity, and strategic thinking – and colleges eat this up.

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