Often it is the simplest things that are the most effective, the most important in our training. Taking fencing training up a notch doesn’t have to be complicated, and fencers can get better through tweaking just a few basics. Here are seven simple things that are easy to overlook but can really improve your fencing.
Lately we’ve had a few new parents asking me why fencing private lessons are 20 min INSTEAD of 1 hour as they are accustomed to in other activities – like tennis or piano for example. It seems to many as though private lessons that are so short can’t possibly be as effective as those that are three times as long – longer is just better right? More is more?
There are some great reasons why fencing lessons are shorter, and it’s very much worth explaining why they are necessarily different than the lessons that happen in other sports or activities. Here are 6 reasons why to help offer some clarity.
Pre-competition warm ups for serious competitive athletes are among very important and fascinating parts of the sporting world. There are rituals, superstitious beliefs, long and involved processes. Fencers are no exception – and you’ll see them doing such rigorous warm ups at any high level competition, both domestic and international.
Pros know that the warm up is a necessary part of the competition and take it seriously, every second of it. While pros know what to do, a lot of young and inexperienced fencers have very little clue. However everyone started somewhere.
This post will give you some ideas about what your child’s pre-competition warm up routine should be.
Using an athlete’s journal is a powerful way for fencer’s to improve their fencing. Truly, really, the usefulness of this tool is difficult to overestimate. We’ve written previously about the amazing benefits of using a fencing journal, which to summarize are as follows:
- Celebrate your progress
- Take an analytical look at your fencing skills so you can improve
- Track your opponents
- Track your competition performance
- Set goals and make plans to achieve them
- Make note of connections with teammates, coaches, parents, etc.
- Reflect on your fencing journey
All of that sounds really great, but thinking about those blank pages staring up at you can be enough to have many of us just close the book again and keep on going as we have been. To help you out, we’ve created this guide to get you going with your fencing journal, because it’s something that we really do believe will benefit fencers.
How to journal for fencing
We as parents want to be as supportive of our children as we possibly can. We love our kids! We want be there for them, to spend time with them and to help them out along the way.
When it comes to fencing practice, it’s great fun to watch. There’s a reason that adults and kids alike love this sport! Being there to see them work on their skills seems like the best way to be there for them, but what if it isn’t? This seems counterintuitive, but there are some compelling reasons to rethink watching your child’s fencing practice.