We hear a lot of people in athletics talking about psyching themselves into competition. There’s that competition mindset, the one that is supposed to propel us to the big wins. What if it’s not all about pushing the mind and body hard? Balance is the key to everything, and in fencing that includes balancing the tension and excitement of competition with looseness, relaxation and clarity.
Fencing is a tough and intensive sport. It’s tough on the body, but it can also be tough on the mind. This time of year, we see a lot of fencers feeling a little out of sorts and stressed out. With family obligations, school obligations, and fencing competitions that are heating up, there’s a lot that can make us feel tense.
In order to perform at the highest level, fencers have to learn to relax. To help you do that, we’ve put together some powerful and doable relaxation techniques for fencers. Many of these you’re going to be familiar with, but the goal here is to put them in context for your fencing.