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The Rise of American Fencing [Book Announcement]

The Rise of American Fencing Book

American fencing is on a winning streak. You can feel it when you watch our top fencers vie for the top medals at worldwide competitions and win. That’s happening more and more every year, enough to call it more than a fluke, more than a lucky athlete here and there who made it to the top of an international podium. What we’re seeing is a swell of American fencing talent that’s been built over decades, in fits and starts but always with a trend towards a greater goal.

You only have to look at the Olympic medal counts that start at zero for broad decades in the early Twentieth Century, then trickle in with a podium here and there, then flood the stage starting with women’s sabre in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The changes over the last two decades from zero to quasi-hero are really impossible to miss!

It doesn’t matter if you follow epee, foil, or sabre, you can rest assured that there are American fencers of both genders pushing the boundaries against the fencing powerhouses of Europe, Asia, and the former Soviet bloc. If you’re reading this, then I’m probably not telling you anything new. You know that American fencing has been moving forward at a breakneck pace in the last twenty years. It might seem as though that’s a meteoric rise, however it’s anything but. American fencing has been building this ladder for a long time.

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AFM Fourth Anniversary Blog

AFM Fourth Anniversary BlogToday is the fourth anniversary of the Academy of Fencing Masters blog! It seems like only yesterday that our first post was published.

Back in 2014, many parents asked us questions which were difficult to find answers to online. Here and there there were pieces of information, but other than Fencing.net there wasn’t a good source for novice parents. Even fencing.net was geared mostly towards experienced fencers.  So out of our desire to address common issues we decided to create a blog. We wanted to help novice fencers and novice fencing parents, to do our part to increase the profile of this marvelous sport, and to celebrate it. That’s exactly what we dug into and set out to do. There was a need that we knew needed to be filled, a place where we knew we could offer support. Because that’s what life is all about – sharing your knowledge and passion with the world, all while learning from the knowledge of others and being inspired by their passion.

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AFM 2017 Year in Review

AFM 2017 Year in ReviewWhat an amazing year it’s been here at Academy of Fencing Masters!

The last twelve months have seen growth in our club, fantastic finishes for our fencers, expansion of our facilities, and tremendous support from the community. It’s been a good year for AFM, but most of all it’s been a good year for our incredible fencers.

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AFM Hurricane Relief Tournament

AFM Hurricane Relief TournamentThe past month has seen major hurricanes hit the United States again and again. Every time you turn on the news, it seems there’s another storm that’s destroying homes and lives of people somewhere.

The USFA Hurricane Relief Fund

USFA started a fund to help clubs in the affected area with repairs over the coming months.  It’s a great cause and a wonderful way to address these major issues with compassion and support from the wonderful fencing community.

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Announcing Three New AFM Coaches!

As Academy of Fencing Masters continues to grow, we find ourselves needing to add more coaches to give our students the fantastic fencing training that they need. Finding the right fit for a coach is not an easy task, but after scouring the available coaches from far and wide, we have just added three incredible coaches to our roster. And we couldn’t be more excited to share the news with you!

Having the best coaches around for our fencers is important to the mission of AFM. We are constantly growing and improving – something that we ask our fencers to do as well. Providing our student with access to world class coaches is an important part of giving what we do.

Please join us in welcoming the three newest members of the Academy of Fencing Masters coaching staff to the team! These coaches bring with them the world class experience and passion that we’ve come to expect from our coaches at AFM.

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