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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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Millennials Would Rather Lose a Finger Than Part With Their Smart Phone

Millennials Would Rather Lose a Finger Than Part With Their Smart PhoneA shocking study recently came out that found that one in ten millennials would rather lose a finger than give up their smartphone.

The researchers also asked what else millennials would give up in place of their smartphone, and according to the article, “Shoes (26%), their car (20%), favorite food (19%), central heating in winter (12%), stop going on holiday (16%) and seeing family and friends in person (6%).”

Researchers were curious about how intertwined the compulsion for a smartphone was, considering that most millennials have never really known life without one. It’s shocking to see how deep their need for constant communication is!

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How to Prevent Burnout

How to prevent burnout in fencingA few weeks ago, for the first time in four years of writing and operating this blog, we didn’t post a blog or send an email. This was both nerve wracking and also somewhat of a relief. While we always have many blogs that Igor and I are writing, we chose to take a much needed break for us, for our family, and actually for the first time in a very long time…go on a vacation.

Our fencing kids, all competitive youth fencers, train about four or five times a week, sometimes up to 3 hours, and in addition to their training and regular competitions, as every other child they have their homework and bunch of other extracurricular activities.  

As a fencing family, we are particularly aware of the concept burnout as it applies to our fencing kids, and to ourselves as parents of fencers. For us, taking a vacation was an important step to preventing a scenario of burnout that could affect the whole family.

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5 Common Fencing Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Common Fencing InjuriesFor all of the intellectual rigor that goes along with fencing, there’s certainly an element of physical rigor that goes along with this sport as well. Though we strongly believe that fencing is one of the safest sports out there (and there’s plenty of research to back that up), we also recognize that every sport has its share of common injuries. That’s because, even though fencing is truly a full body sport, you’re still using some the same parts of the body over and over again as you move and train.  Those parts of the body are naturally going to be more prone to injury.

The good news is that the fencer has plenty of resources to help the body stay fit and strong and active throughout the fencing process.

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Foam Rollers – A Secret to Helping the Fencer’s Body

Foam Rollers - A Secret to Helping the Fencer’s BodyHave you ever seen one of these things? Foam rollers have been a secret of athletes who are working to loosen their bodies for many years, dating all the way back the 1950’s. Like many workout tools, they’re something that can look a little strange if you’ve never seen one before, but trust us when we say that they’re definitely a good thing for your body.

What foam rollers do

A foam roller is a large cylinder of hollow plastic that’s covered in textured foam. They can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but they’re generally about the size of a large log of wood. They work like a massage to loosen tight muscles and help reduce aches associated with training. Unlike a massage, you don’t need anyone else to help you when you use a foam roller.

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