Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: October 2014

Physical Education (PE) Credits for Fencing

Physical Conditioning Training for Fencers - group jump rope exercise

Physical Conditioning Training for Fencers – group jump rope exercise

To be competitive in fencing or any other sport you need to train and train hard. Sports are not only physically challenging, but also mentally challenging. So imagine you are a competitive fencing student in high school. You stay up late studying for a test, wake up early the next morning, go to a full day of classes that include Math, Literature, Physics, and also Physical Education (PE), then after school you head to your fencing club for training. A competitive fencer often has group lessons, private lessons, footwork sessions, and physical fitness training—all in one week. Then come Saturday they head out of town to compete. Sounds pretty grueling, doesn’t it?

Fencer Ratings Made Simple: What they are and how to earn them

Fencing rating made simple

If you’re new to fencing, you’ve probably heard about fencer ratings from coaches, other parents, or even on Facebook pages—and now you’re wondering how they apply to your child. Well, in short, if you’re brand new, they probably don’t apply just yet. If your child is competing or plans to start soon, it’s time to start learning.

First, I want to address something that I consider to be very important. A rating in and of itself is not an effective goal. Fencers who train consistently and compete often will earn their ratings in due time. Your goal should be to be a better fencer, not to chase a rating. If you keep fencing and competing, you will place in a tournament that gets you your first rating, and then the next one, and the next one. Focus on your craft because that is within your control.

AFM Fencers Fall into October with Impressive Results

AFM Fencers Swept the Gold at 3 Bay Cup Women Epee Competitions in Cadet, Junior and Senior Categories. In the picture (left to right): Anya Harkness with Gold for Junior Women's Epee, Taly Yukelson with Gold for Senior Women's Epee and Nancy Zhang with Gold for Cadet Women's Epee

AFM Fencers Swept the Gold at 3 Bay Cup Women Epee Competitions in Cadet, Junior and Senior Categories

What a fantastic weekend for our AFM fencers!

The Bay Cup Women’s Epee tournament at TFC consisted of three events: Cadet Women’s Epee, Junior Women’s Epee, and Senior Women’s Epee.

Why Keeping a Fencing Journal Will Make You a Better Fencer

Fencing Journal is an essential tool for every fencer

Fencing Journal

The best and most successful athletes usually have a keen self-awareness of their skills and areas for improvement. You can best utilize your strengths when you can clearly identify them, and you can best improve by understanding where you’re weakest. Every athlete has areas they can improve and being honest with yourself is the best first step to getting better.

A great way to track your progress and maintain awareness is by keeping a fencing journal. Buy a new notebook and keep it with your fencing gear. After every practice or competition, take time to reflect. You can write just a few notes one day and a whole page the next, it’s up to you!

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