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A Love Letter to the Fencing Referee

A Love Letter to the Fencing RefereeDear Fencing Referee,

We know that the most hated person in pretty much any sport is the referee. No matter how hard you try, no matter how evenly you call a match, somehow you always end up with someone unhappy with the choices that you make. Whatever decision a fencing referee makes, one side or the other is going to be on the receiving end of bad news. In the eyes of many fencers who get on the wrong side of the call, you are taking the side of their opponent and keeping them from winning their match. This is of course a totally unfair assessment.

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Celebrating Five Years of the AFM Blog

Celebration Five Years of the AFM BlogLet’s take you back, way back. Half a decade back. All the way to 2014.

It was a good year overall! Here’s a quick reminder of what was happening.

  • The Winter Olympics in Sochi were held under the cloud of Russian state-sponsored doping.
  • People poured buckets of ice over their heads on the internet in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • Americans could visit Cuba again for the first time in more than fifty years.
  • A spacecraft landed on a comet.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy topped the box office.
  • Jimmy Fallon took over as host of the Tonight Show.
  • Barack Obama had another two years left as president.

Can you remember it yet?

Early in the year though, something remarkable happened for us. On Monday, February 3rd, 2014 we published our very first AFM blog post, which is still our most popular post. We can’t believe five years have gone by so fast! How is it possible? When we look back, those events seem like so long ago!

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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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