Art of Fencing, Art of Life

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Big News from the USA Fencing All-Academic Team Scholarships

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All-Academic Team fund 2014

At Academy of Fencing Masters we believe that fencing and academics go hand in hand. Participating in competitive sports provides excellent discipline and pushes students both young and old to succeed in all other areas of life. From academic achievement to improved social skills, fencing offers a distinct advantage to all who participate. And for those who excel in both fencing and academia, we are thrilled to share a special opportunity with you today!

Parents on the Fencing Strip: Why NOT to Assist the Coach

Parents taking pictures on fencing strip during competitionIt’s a very common feeling for parents: seeing their kid out on the fencing strip in competition and getting excited for them to win. It’s also a common feeling for parents to wish their child was performing better, or to notice something they could be doing differently. Unfortunately, this latter feeling can sometimes lead to inappropriate behavior on the strip. Your child’s coach is a professional who is there to help them succeed. A good coach will naturally be less emotionally involved in a fencer’s performance because it is their job to remain calm, collected, and keep their focus on the competition at hand.

As a parent, there are plenty of times that your advice, encouragement, and even reprimands are acceptable. One of those times is not while they are in the middle of a bout and their coach is present and available to help.

The Importance of Cross-Training for Fencing

cross-training for fencing - exercise staying long in plank positionThe benefits of cross-training for fencing have been discussed time and again by fencers around the world. The old philosophy that “fencing is the best training for fencing” is an outdated one in my opinion. I have heard some parents who thought there was no need to supplement their beginner fencer’s training with additional activities, as they should focus solely on practicing their fencing technique instead. But here, I would disagree. Fencing is a very unbalanced sport for the body, and it is important to provide that balance through additional training. If your young fencer has the time outside of their fencing and academic schedule to devote to it, cross-training will go a long way towards increasing their overall performance as an athlete.

What Age Should My Child Start Fencing?

Young Y8 foil fencers discuss their fencing boutFor parents that want to start their child fencing as early as possible, this can be a tough question to answer. As fencing requires a large amount of skill, technique, and dedication, it is not very well suited for children as young as five. Despite this, there are many clubs out there that offer watered down versions of fencing classes using basic techniques and plastic swords. These are naturally directed more towards the children having fun than developing strong skills, but they can also provide a solid foundation for them to continue fencing as they get older. It can also be quite a lot of fun to see your six year-old acting out a duel with a new friend they’ve made.

How Often Should Child Be Fencing?

Young 7 years old fencers at the fencing lessonHow Often Should My Child Be Fencing? This is a question I often hear from parents. You don’t want to overwork your child or put too much pressure on them, but you also want them to grow and succeed. Obviously, there is no one correct answer to this question. Every child is different, and a child preparing for competition often will be training much more than one who is simply fencing for fun. Either way, it’s important as a parent to talk to your child and their coach regularly to make sure your child’s training schedule is right for them.

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