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Month: May 2015

12 Important Tips for Your Fencing Equipment Check

Fencing equipment check at regional, national and international fencing tournaments. French grip epees are subject to compliance weapon testingFencing equipment check. For many novice parents this sounds completely unknown – what is an equipment check? When is it required? In a nutshell, an equipment check is an organized and consolidated check of the equipment by tournament organizers during the competition. Every equipment check must be completed before the start of the first event. The designated armorer will check different pieces of the equipment to ensure that they meet specified conformance criteria and mark them accordingly.

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How to clean a fencing mask – tips from a fencing mom

How To Clean Fencing MaskWhen I talk to the beginners before their very first fencing lesson, I always ask them to bring an extra T-shirt to training. I can’t promise them that they will 100% fall in love with fencing with their first glimpse, but I can promise them that they will sweat! A lot! Of course, every fencer or parent is aware that fencing equipment after a while – if not washed – GOSH SMELLS! That stinky “bouquet of odors” can be very distracting for  fencers. I definitely know that my own kids love the feeling of freshly cleaned jackets and masks. However, many parents are wondering HOW TO CLEAN A FENCING MASK. So here are some tips from a “professional” fencing mom.

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10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Sign Up for (at least) One Week of Summer Sports Camp

Electronics VS Sport CampsWith summer quickly approaching, you’re probably wondering what the best option for your child is once the school days have ended. While many parents in the Bay Area look towards technology-oriented Silicon Valley summer camps, there are plenty of reasons why summer sports camps are a much better idea for your child. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that a Bay Area summer sports camp can offer!

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Fencing Equipment Shopping for Parents: Finally a guide to answer all of your questions!

Buying guide to fencing equipment and gear - a complete fencing equipment shopping guideOne of the main job requirements for parenting is: Make sure your child has what they need.

Not emotional needs, although those are certainly important, but making sure they have their lunch, that they walk out the door with their school project, that they aren’t the only child to show up on “Bake Sale Day” without a baked good—and that they are prepared for every lesson, practice, and social event.

With competitive fencing, this can be a challenge since many parents aren’t familiar with the sport. The good news is that most of you have the same questions and we’ve heard them all (or better say most of them 🙂 ). As fellow parents, we want to help you buy what you need with minimal stress and without breaking the bank. You don’t have to figure it out on your own and you don’t need to spend a fortune.

We took all of the questions we hear at our club and put the answers into one fencing equipment shopping guide that you can download online:

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