Visualizing is Important in Fencing! Using your sense of sight is crucial when it comes to fencing. Not just in terms of being awake on the strip and seeing what is happening while you are fencing, but in many other aspects as well.
Visualizing is an important technique used by athletes in many different sports. The process of visualizing is actually very relaxing. You close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Once you have a steady breath going, you picture yourself on the strip. You picture an opponent right in front of you. You can picture this situation in the setting of any level of competition.
I personally find it most beneficial if I set the visualization in the place of my next upcoming competition. You then picture the bout. Advance, retreat, double advance, triple retreat. Picture what you would do while fencing. And picture what your opponent would do.
To get the most out of the experience, try to set up the scene to be as realistic as you can make it. Make the situation more and more difficult by adding the use of second and third intentions. Your brain should be working hard but your body to should stay relaxed throughout the process.
Visualizing on the spot can be a relatively difficult task. A good way to prepare yourself is by watching yourself fence on video. Rewatching recent bouts gives you an actual visual idea of how you fence, therefore making it easier to see in your head while visualizing.
Visualization is very important because it gives you the chance to see yourself through other eyes. You get a different perspective which may boost your training process, allowing you to reach an even higher level both mentally and physically. While fencing on the strip, you miss a lot of what is going on in the bout. As a spectator watching a bout, you also don’t experience the bout at the fullest since you are a third party.
Visualizing gives you the opportunity to set up your own livestream in your head, allowing you to watch your own fencing from different angles. This process takes a while to get good at, but once you can focus and visualize, you can really get a whole new perspective on the sport and yourself both on and off the strip.