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Fencing Book Announcement – From Cool Runnings to World Superpower: The Rise of American Fencing

Fencing Book "From Cool Runnings to World Superpower The Rise of American Fencing" by Igor Chirashnya is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats

Breathtaking. Unexpected. Deserved.

Any and all of us who have been in and around American fencing for the last few decades know that where we are today is almost unrecognizable from where we were thirty years ago.

This journey inspired me to write a book about it –  From Cool Runnings to World Superpower: The Rise of American Fencing. Which goes on sale on June 14th, 2019!

The story of how America rose to the top is one that is as exciting as anything you’ll read about in sports. It’s intertwined with global politics, because we discover that America became home to some of the greatest fencing talent in the world thanks to the end of the Cold War. That talent, coupled with the incredible innovation that is the hallmark of the American ideal, has come together to create a story that it’s impossible to put down.

What happened with American fencers is the kind of transformation that you see in movies. In fact, it made me think of a classic Olympic film, Cool Runnings. You know the one, it’s the very fictionalized account of the real events that led to the first Jamaican bobsled team. U.S. fencers at one time were almost as much of a longshot as the bobsledders from the Caribbean, though without the comedy we see in the movie.

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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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Fencing Summer Nationals Made Easy: Everything you need to know in one eBook

Fencing Summer Nationals and NACs guide - 3D coverWith Fencing Summer Nationals quickly approaching, we know that some of you first-time attendees (fencers and parents) have questions and concerns about how to prepare, what to expect, and what to do once you’re there. New fencers often get nervous and their parents get stressed from the uncertainty. With the number of fencers and the size of the competition, Summer Nationals and North American Cups (NACs) can be overwhelming—but are also overwhelmingly FUN!

We want you to be able to focus on enjoying the event and fencing your best. To that end, we’ve written an eBook that compiles the information that we’ve shared with first-time parents over the last couple of years. We tend to get the same questions from different parents, and we know that a little knowledge can go a long way in calming the anxiety and setting yourself up for a fun competition.

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Fencing Equipment Shopping for Parents: Finally a guide to answer all of your questions!

Buying guide to fencing equipment and gear - a complete fencing equipment shopping guideOne of the main job requirements for parenting is: Make sure your child has what they need.

Not emotional needs, although those are certainly important, but making sure they have their lunch, that they walk out the door with their school project, that they aren’t the only child to show up on “Bake Sale Day” without a baked good—and that they are prepared for every lesson, practice, and social event.

With competitive fencing, this can be a challenge since many parents aren’t familiar with the sport. The good news is that most of you have the same questions and we’ve heard them all (or better say most of them 🙂 ). As fellow parents, we want to help you buy what you need with minimal stress and without breaking the bank. You don’t have to figure it out on your own and you don’t need to spend a fortune.

We took all of the questions we hear at our club and put the answers into one fencing equipment shopping guide that you can download online:

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Now Available: AFM’s FREE Online Book for Parents of Fencers

We’ve been working hard to provide you with a consolidated resource for all the things parents need to know when they’re new to fencing. Our new book, “Parents’ Guide to Fencing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Child in the Sport of Fencing,” is available for download HERE. We encourage you to read it and share it freely with other fencing parents!

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