Art of Fencing, Art of Life

Month: January 2018

Why you shouldn’t take a break from fencing training

Why you shouldn't take a break from fencing training Life gets busy for all of us, and it can sometimes feel like there’s too much on our plate. This is especially true for kids today, who can get overscheduled with activities. School, family, extracurricular activities, friends, etc. take up not only time, but mental energy as well. Sometimes it all becomes so overwhelming that kids want a way out, so they start cutting things in the hope of getting more free time, only to find themselves in a more stressful situation. They think that the solution is  “temporary” relief for just couple of months until the pressure passes, so they cut their fencing classes by taking a time off for that period.

Cutting out fencing classes really just causes more problems! Instead of giving fencers a solution, taking break from training causes them to lose out. Here are five reasons that fencers shouldn’t take time off.

Rating Skipping in Fencing

rating skipping in fencingWhat does it mean when a fencer jumps to a high rating at a local or regional competition?

Sometimes a fencer gets a high rating at a local or regional competition, suddenly going from a U or an E rating to a A or a B fencing rating. Does that mean that they’re suddenly a Division 1 fencer? The answer is no, even though that rating does feel really good at the moment. Getting this kind of rating jump doesn’t make them a real mature Division 1 fencer.

Progress takes time

There is nothing instant about this process. Progress in fencing takes time. There are no shortcuts to be had here, no amount of raw talent or specialized training will skip over the hours that need to be put in on the strip and with a coach to make the progress happen. This is true for any sport, but especially in fencing where just muscular performance isn’t enough. There are a lot of tactical and mental elements in the game, and those cannot be winked into fencing.

Why Fencing is Different than Other Sports

what makes fencing different from other sportsThere are lots of choices for kids and teens when it comes to choosing a sport, and finding the right fit can be challenging. Soccer, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, on and on – there are so many possibilities! Fencing is different than other sports, including travel leagues and competitive sports teams. It’s even fundamentally different than other individual sports.

First, let’s talk about the things that all of these sports have in common. What’s universal is that participation in sports integrates a healthy lifestyle that lasts well beyond childhood. Not just physically, but socially as well. Working with teammates, taking constructive criticism, making and keeping commitments, on and on. Getting involved in a sport is undoubtedly a good thing for kids and teens.

What makes fencing different?


Fencing offers some incredible benefits for young athletes, but here are several ways that it’s different than other sports.

What are the Junior Olympics in Fencing?

What are US Fencing Junior Olympics and How to QualifyThe Junior Olympics are not just a little Olympic Games!

The name is just a nice name (and many US sports use this name for their respective championships). A nice name that confuses people who are new to the sport, but again this competition is not intimately tied to the big Olympic games that happen every four years.

If you’re new to fencing, then something you probably want to know pretty quickly is what all of these big championships are. What is the big deal with these competitions? How can someone new to the sport make sense of them?

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