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How Niche is Niche? Exploring the Reach of Fencing

How Niche is Niche? Exploring the Reach of FencingThough people throw around the word “sport” as though it’s just one thing, that’s of course a blanket way to use the term. There are dozens of sports that have risen up to the mainstream in the United States, many more if you count those around the world. Even the world’s most widely known athletic competition, the Olympics, does not include popular sports like American football and cricket, while at the same time highlighting smaller niche sports like archery, curling, and yes fencing.

That reality got me to thinking, how niche is our niche sport? Unlike many other sports, it seems like even people who have never dreamed of fencing know at least that it is out there. The footprint of our sport is bigger than that of say rowing or polo. Maybe it’s because of the history or the movies, or because everyone picked up sticks in the backyard when they were kids. However though everyone seems to have an idea of what fencing is, the sport itself is extraordinarily small.

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30 Last Minute Gifts for Fencers

30 Last Minute Gifts for FencersThe holidays are almost here! By almost we mean they’re right around the corner and we can see them pulling into the driveway. But oh no, you’ve forgotten to get the gift for them that you meant to pick up and now you’re feeling like a heel. There’s got to be a solution!

If you’ve waited until the last minute to get a gift for that special fencer in your life don’t worry, we understand. It’s not easy to juggle the thousand things you have to do! But never fear, because we’ve put together a massive list of last minute gifts ideas for fencers that you can order and  have at your door in plenty of time.

Links included! All of these gifts can be ordered and get to your front door in two days, so you can get them wrapped and under the tree before the holiday.

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Do you own a yacht? Or a spaceship? Then you understand Fencing Scoring Lights

Fencing Lights as in yacht or spaceship - understand Fencing Scoring LightsIt’s a common thing that people don’t understand which color of fencing scoring lights belongs to which fencer. Parents often watch their children in a bout and don’t understand what’s going on and who’s scored.

That’s especially true in a large venue like at an NAC or at the majority of clubs, where the lights oriented differently. That makes it very hard for parents and spectators, particularly novice parents and spectators, to guess who among the fencing competitors has scored. They find themselves having to rely totally on the final hand gesture of the referee, and that can take a lot of the fun out of watching fencing.

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Why is fencing called fencing?

Why fencing is called fencingGoogle “fencing” and you’ll get results that look like this:

  • “Top Notch Temporary Fencers”
  • “Fence Builders Inc.”
  • “The Best 10 Fences and Gates”

Obviously these results aren’t related to the kind of fencing that we all know and love, but rather to tall structures that enclose an outdoor area. When you think about it, it’s odd that these two very different things – swords and enclosures – have the same name.

Even fencers who have been fencing for years often don’t realize the origin of the term “fencing”, and the story of how the word came about is a fascinating one to say the least.

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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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