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10 ways to talk to your friends about fencing

10 ways to talk to your friends about fencingFencers tend to be pretty enthusiastic about our sport, whether we’re adult fencers or kids. We want to encourage other people to learn about the sport and so to share our passion, but how can we best do that?

Sometimes we can be shy about putting our interests out there with our friends because we’re a little afraid that they won’t like things as much as we do. This can be especially true for tweens and teens who are dealing with social pressures and struggling to find their way through their very social worlds. How can you even get that conversation started?

Some fencers are naturally gregarious and just put it out there, but if you or a fencer you know wants some new ways to get the conversation going, then check out these fencing conversation starters.

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Is Fencing a Violent Sport?

Is fencing a violent sport

Swords. Duels. Battle.

What’s the deal with fencing and violence? How is it that a sport that has its origins on the bloody battlefields of Europe considered safe for elementary school children to participate in? How can you put a sword in the hands of a child and say that it is somehow safe? You’re literally telling people to hit each other with swords! What about the movies where swordfighting is all about killing an opponent?

Let’s define what it means to be violent. According to the dictionary – 

Violent (adjective)

using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.  

Fencing is NOT a violent sport. That’s because it doesn’t fit the definition of violence! Our purpose in fencing is not to hurt people. It’s not to damage people. It’s certainly not to kill anyone.

If those things aren’t the purpose of fencing, then what is?

The purpose of fencing is self mastery. We are learning to control our bodies and our minds, then using that control to get the better of an opponent in a point match through the use of non-injuring swords. It’s physical chess, played out at a lightning fast pace.

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Nine Travel Tips to Prepare for Fencing Competition Season

Nine Travel Tips to Prepare for Fencing Competition SeasonOne of the greatest things about moving forward as a competitive fencer is that competitions are increasingly broad, taking fencers from one end of the United States to the other.

One of the most stressful things about being a competitive fencer is trying to figure out how to make the most of a heavy travel calendar that takes you from one end of the United States to the other.

How can fencing families get the kind of fencing experience that they want, stay on budget, and still have room to balance the rest of their lives outside of fencing? Here are nine competitive fencing travel tips to help you do just that.

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How to Hack your Fencing Schedule and Duties

How to Hack your Fencing Schedule and DutiesWhen I look at our own family and its fencing schedule, with four kids attending fencing lessons, classes, camps, travelling to different competitions, ranging from local to nationals, I can feel totally overwhelmed.

And I realize often, that I need to figure out what the most stressful things are, and how I can manage them more simply?

I am sure as a devoted fencing parent you also may experience a lot of stress in your fencing parenting that you would like to avoid or at least handle better. Know that you aren’t alone in this, and hopefully I will address some ways that you can manage this stress  based on my own experience and on what I see other parents do.

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Create a Fencing Scrapbook to Capture a Whole Season of Memories

fencing scrapbookEvery parent wants to capture the memories that their children make, it’s part of being a parent! But what to keep and what to get rid of can be a big challenge, especially for fencing parents who follow their children from season to season. Organizing your child’s fencing career into a scrapbook or a series of scrapbooks is easy and it takes the guesswork out of the whole thing. Not only that, it’s something the kids can get involved with and make their own!

Here are few tips for creating a fencing scrapbook to help preserve the memories of your young fencer.

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