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Why I pay so much money for fencing

why-i-pay-so-much-money-for-fencingSports in general and fencing in particular can be an expensive venture for families to embark on. There are the lessons to pay for, the equipment to buy, the travel to consider, the competition fees, the uniforms, the nights eating out when there’s not time to make it home before practice, on and on.

So why should parents put all of this into a sport for a child? And why fencing in particular? Here’s a clue: it’s not so that they can learn to swing a sword. This whole thing isn’t about what the sport is, it’s about something far deeper. Here are the reasons that we believe in spending precious resources on fencing.

Pan American Youth and Veteran Fencing Championship 2016

Academy of Fencing Masters at Pan American Youth and Veteran championship 2016 : From left to right: Andrea leang, Leehi Machulsky, Adam Chirashnya and Alan Buchwald

AFM fencers at Pan American Championship 2016. From left to right: Andrea Leang, Leehi Machulsky, Adam Chirashnya and Alan Buchwald

All eyes were on Rio this summer as the USFA was busy with promoting fencing in different places around the country in support of our accomplished athletes in the Summer Olympics. That’s rightfully so – the momentum and the press has never been better for fencing.

But there was actually something else big going on in fencing this summer – the Pan American Youth and Veteran Championship in Puerto Rico!

The Pan American Youth and Veteran Championship this year was held in Ponce, Puerto Rico on August 22-26, 2016.  Last year the Championship was held in Lima, Peru, and the next year it supposed to be at the Virgin Islands.

Our Amazing Pan American Games Experience

Why we Believe American Fencers have a Great Shot These Games

Why we Believe Americans have a Great Shot These Games It’s no secret that the American fencers  are roaring and ready to go for Rio. And we really think that this year is our year! The U.S. fencing team this year has a lot going for them, with talent, passion and experience all contributing to what we know will be an exciting few weeks in Rio.

There are five sports that have been in every single modern Olympic Games, for over a hundred years – Track and Field, Cycling, Gymnastics, Swimming and Fencing. Of those, there’s only one in which the men have never won a gold medal – fencing. This year really might be the time to break that tremendous streak.

American fencers are set to make history in Rio, to take on tough international competition but with excellent chances to fill the shelf with medals.

What Does an Olympic Gold Medal in Fencing Mean?

What Does an Olympic Gold Medal in Fencing Mean?

Marial Zagunis celebrates her gold medal in Athens. Photo: Andreas Rentz

Though we’re all very much familiar with the competition and the ceremony surrounding the Summer Olympics, and though most of us in the fencing community know a great deal about the kind of dedication and hard work that it takes to get to those high level competitions, what we don’t so often understand is what the whole thing means, because the meaning goes far beyond what many of us imagine.

The Worth of a Olympic Gold Medal

Fencing Impact On My Education and Well Being

Fencing Impact On My Education and Well BeingI’ve been fencing for almost seven years and those seven years have been busy. I started high school, I took the SATs and ACTs, I went to prom, I graduated, and I just finished my first year of college. People always asked me how I managed to dedicate hours to train daily and still do well in my school work, tests, and still manage to have a social life. My answer was fencing.

Fencing for a minimum of eighteen hours a week sounds like it takes over all my time, leaving me stressed out when it came to any other aspect of my life. But in reality, I would have been more stressed out without fencing.

Exercise has many more benefits than just improving fitness and staying healthy. Working out increases alertness and energy, which means that even after working out for three hours straight, I have enough energy to continue my day with close to full productivity. Exercise improves mental health which puts a positive spin on my day. Working out also plays a part in improving the immune system, so I don’t get sick as often.

There was a time in high school when I took time off from fencing to focus on school. During this period of time, I did not work out as much and was honestly very depressed. I was always frustrated for no reason, I rarely completed my assignments on time, even though my schedule was close to empty. I was often sick and would miss school because of fevers, colds, and headaches. I stopped spending time with my friends and family because I just wanted to be alone… always. Every aspect of my life was deteriorating. After a few months, I returned back to fencing and my grades started getting better. I was on top of my responsibilities and was active in all the different organizations I was part of, both in and out of fencing. I didn’t get sick as often and I started spending time with important friends as well. Most importantly, I was happy.

I now fence for a Division 1 NCAA team in college and when I talked to people on the team and alumni who had taken a break after graduating college, many of them revealed that they had similar experiences. My little sister also went through the same thing when she was in middle school.

Evidently, fencing has helped with productivity in fencers of various different levels from all around the country. Of course this is applicable to other sports (and working out in general), but for me, personally, it was fencing. And I can not be more thankful for having a sport that really helps me keep at my best!

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