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Celebrating Fencing Teachers

Celebrating Fencing Teachers

Who are your best teachers? We tend to put teachers in a box in a schoolhouse, with a blackboard and rows of desks. That’s a bit of a narrow definition if you think about it, because teachers are much more than that. Teachers come in all shapes and sizes, from our parents as our first teachers to our children as our teachers later on in life. If you’re a fencer, then your fencing teachers have a great influence on your development, one that we appreciate far beyond our time on the strip.

Behind every exceptional person

I recently finished reading Stephen Hawking’s book “Brief Answers to The Big Questions”, and in the last chapter he wrote:

“If you look behind every exceptional person there is an exceptional teacher. When each of us thinks about what we can do in life, chances are we can do it because of a teacher” (p.201)

Teaching someone is more than just telling someone how to do something. It’s a connection, a human bond that brings richness to the lives of both the student and the teacher. Teachers are transformative for the lives of their students.

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Infographic – Qualification Path for Fencing at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Infographic - Qualification Path for Fencing to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic fencing qualification had started in April 2019. The major qualification path is team qualification for 24 positions, followed by individual qualification for the remaining 10 positions in each weapon and gender.

This infographic explains how fencers qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

For more detailed information about fencing qualification to Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 read our previous post.

In addition, you can download high resolution jpeg image here and pdf file here.

I hope you enjoy it and share with your fencing friends.

Your Kids Are Becoming the Messages You Give Them

Your Kids Are Becoming the Messages You Give Them

Whether you realize you’re doing it or not, you’re sending your children messages, constantly. They’re internalizing the information that you surround them with, the things that they hear most from you and from others people they interact with. Whether it’s at home, at school, or at the fencing club. That information and those messages are sometimes verbal, and sometimes they aren’t, but they are always heard.

The toughest part is figuring out not only the right messages to send to your kids, and it’s just not just how to communicate those messages, it’s also in decoding which messages you’re sending without even realizing it. For me personally, thinking about this subject has helped me to make some positive changes in my own parenting, because I was inadvertently sending some messages that I didn’t realize I was sending.

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Asked and Answered – Division Eligibility at Fencing Summer Nationals

Division Eligibility at Fencing Summer Nationals

What are the Division eligibility requirements for fencing in Division 1A, Division 2, and Division 3 at Fencing Summer Nationals?

A lot of fencers ask us how to determine when they can participate in Division 2 and Division 3 at Fencing Summer Nationals. It’s a question we typically hear from parents whose children get a higher rating during the season then the official Division eligibility that they want to compete in. Are they eligible to sign up? Are they not eligible to sign up? It can be confusing, to say the least.

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Fencing as a Youth Sport – 13 Mind Blowing Facts

Fencing as a Youth Sport - 13 Mind Blowing Facts

Fencing doesn’t just happen in isolation, it’s part of the wider world of youth sports. There are millions of kids under the age of eighteen that participate in youth sports in the United States. There is a culture around kids competing that we fencers participate in, whether we are aware of it or not. Trends in youth sports affect us!

It’s worth exploring the trends in youth sports so as to give us a better understanding of where fencing is and where it’s going. So here are thirteen mind blowing facts about youth sports in general and fencing in particular to help you get the big picture.

*Facts and figures come from ESPN, USA Today, Time, and Sports Illustrated

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