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Month: January 2019

Turn Fencing Competition Pre-Match Anxiety into a Positive

Turn Fencing Competition Pre-Match Anxiety into a PositiveWe’ve all had the experience of being nervous before an event that we needed to perform well in, whether in school or in sports. That feeling of butterflies in the stomach, a soup of jitters and self doubt, it can feel overwhelming and stressful, especially for young fencers.

Many fencing parents come to us with these kinds of concerns, and they’re completely normal. They have things to say like this:

  • “It seems like my son psyches himself out before he even steps onto the strip! What can I do to help him?”
  • “My daughter gets so nervous on competition day that I have to force her to eat something for breakfast. How can I help her calm down so she can stay healthy?”
  • “This season my child seems even more nervous than he did last season, isn’t this supposed to get better with experience?”

It’s not just parents though, older fencers come in and speak up for themselves as well. Nerves are a factor for athletes at any age and of any experience level. The good news is that there are ways to combat the issues that fencers have with anxiety before a competition. Though they may manifest in different ways, from a lack of appetite to a sudden spike in anxiety after a couple of years of confident fencing. Every fencer is different, but pre-match jitters are pretty well universal.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions Fencers Probably Won’t Keep

5 New Year’s Resolutions Fencers Probably Won’t KeepSo many new year’s resolutions, so little likelihood that they’ll ever happen. Right? We all make these beautiful lists of beautiful things that we’re going to beautifully do in the new year to help our lives/skills/relationships improve, and then we get bummed out when those things don’t happen. Fencing, for many being a big part of their life, often suffer from the same syndrome of unkempt resolutions.

This whole thing sounds like a big bummer!

It’s not! When we recognize the bad goals that we tend to make, that leaves us room to make realistic goals. Instead of either making ridiculous New Year’s resolutions that are really unlikely to happen, or on the other side just not making any at all, how about we work to strike a balance?

But here we are getting ahead of ourselves. First, we’ve got to identify some common resolutions that fencers often make year after year, only to end in frustration when they don’t keep them.

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