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Month: November 2015

Veterans Day – A History of Swords in U.S. Military

Veterans Day - A History of Swords in U.S. Military

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This week we celebrate Veterans Day – a time to honor living veterans and to thank them for their service to our country. In that spirit, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the men and women who have given of themselves in service to their country.

Thank you veterans! For your service and for your sacrifice.

The holiday began way back in 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson declared Armistice Day to be a national holiday in order to honor the many people who had served the United States during World War I. Since then it’s evolved into so much more – morphing into a day to appreciate veterans of all wars. Schools are often closed, and federal agencies that aren’t essential (like the mail) shut down. The idea isn’t a day off, but rather to allow veterans to spend time with their families.

History of Swords in the U.S. Military

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23 Tips to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Fencing

Get the Most Out of Fencing stick to fencingTwenty-three tips for parents to get the most out of fencing and foster a positive relationship with fencing for their child:

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More than Swordfighting: Find a Fencing Club with a Supportive Environment

Find a Fencing Club with a Supportive Environment

“A break from fencing bouts”

So many times people think that fencing is just about hitting each other with swords – it’s really and truly not. In order to be of real help and use to children in terms of their long growth and development, it’s essential that you find a fencing club with a supportive environment and solid, whole child coaching.

When you’re exploring fencing clubs to enroll your child in, there are some things that you need to look for to ensure that you’re going to get the kind of outcome that you want.  Most of these things you’ll be able to see right as you walk in the door, after just observing the club for a lesson.

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