Have you ever paused to consider whether the fencing aphorisms your coach mutters also apply to life? Well, they do. Fencing teaches several crucial life lessons, such as:
- Don’t underestimate women, old people, or fourteen year old girls.
- When in doubt, go for the jugular.
- Lefties are evil.
But seriously, when you’ve been on the piste long enough, you’ll pick up lessons that will help you get through adult life. Whether that means landing a good job or thriving as an adult, fencing can prepare you for it.
We encourage you to reflect on what fencing has taught you about life, but here are seven lessons to get you started.
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Whether you’ve reached your junior or senior year of high school, you’ve probably started thinking about college (or maybe you’re just a really ambitious underclassman). Whichever group you fall into, you’ve given some thought to which university you want to attend. You’ve probably thought about your major, too. And even though you haven’t made any definite decisions, one thing is certain: You’ve been fencing for some time and you want to take advantage of that in your college application.
While we definitely recommend boasting about your fencing experience, you need to be strategic. Like any other part of your college application, leveraging fencing to get into a good university isn’t as simple as waving a magic wand. You need to evaluate your fencing goals before including it on your college application.
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Are you dissatisfied with your current fencing classes? Maybe you feel like the class spends too much time with warm-up exercises. Or perhaps you think the class includes too many games and not enough fencing. But the bottom line is that you need a new fencing class where the students can improve and have fun.
Swordplay LA, a fencing club in Burbank, California, has a developed a new class system for people like you. Students are already demonstrating vast improvements and we have the stories to prove it. But before we get to those stories, you’re probably wondering: What makes these new fencing classes different?
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You’re getting ready for a fencing bout: You hold the body cord as you put on the jacket, put on the lamé, you hook up to the reel box, and you’re ready to fence. But as you lift your arm to test your opponent’s gear, the box shows an off target touch. Or maybe your opponent’s light registered off target when they tested your lamé — or there was no light at all, if you’re a sabre fencer — but you know that it doesn’t have any dead spots.
You test every other weapon in your bag, but the same problem keeps arising. Then you use a different body cord, and everything starts working. You correctly conclude that something’s wrong with the first body cord, but what’s the problem and how do you fix it?
Welcome to the second installment of our fencing gear maintenance series, where we discuss how to fix some common technical difficulties that fencers encounter with their gear. Today, we’re focusing on the piece of equipment that most often gives fencers grief: body cords. We’ll look at some of their most common problems, why they occur, and show you how to fix them.
If you haven’t read part one yet, go do that. It has crucial background information. If you’ve already read it, let’s get started!
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With school out and Southern California’s abnormally hot weather, letting your kids stay indoors and veg out is, in the words of Darth Vader, “all too easy.” But summer is the time to try new and exciting things, so set them on an adventure!
Swordplay LA, a fencing club located in Burbank, California, has been providing unique and amazing summer camps and classes for over 25 years. Our Action Adventure Camps are a great way to stay active, have fun, and create new friendships.
Here are 5 reasons you should sign up for one of our awesome camps today.
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I began fencing in 2003, mostly because I didn’t find that I excelled at any sports that involved a ball. When I was finally handed a sword, I was off to the races. Like many who are enamored with the sport, I trained at various clubs and participated in tournaments for several years.
I also gained skills besides fighting with a sword. I learned about respect, accountability, and perseverance, and I carry those values and others with me on and off the fencing strip.
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You’ve taken a free trial lesson, you’ve taken some lessons and classes, and you want to keep fencing. But you’ve run into a problem that most adults run into: Your busy schedule. Between work and family obligations, you’ve found it difficult to make it to the club consistently.
How do you make time for fencing when life is busy? It all comes down to intentionally carving out time and having a reliable accountability system.
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You’re in high school and you’re looking for a new sport. Or maybe you’re just looking for a sport, period. You have a lot of options: cross country, soccer, basketball — but since you’re here, you clearly have the wisdom to realize that fencing (the art of stabbing people for fun) could be a great choice, possibly superior to all of those other options.
Now you’re just looking for some definitive reasons to take the plunge. Well, there are four big ones.
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You have registered for your first tournament! What is next? How do you get to optimal competition shape? The process of preparing for your first tournament will require both mental and physical preparation.
Like most things in life, the more time you have to prepare the better you will feel on competition day.
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“Can you fix my son’s weapon?”
“Sure…what problem is he having?”
“I don’t know…he just said it isn’t working.”
And thus starts a day of armory, diagnosing and repairing the gear. Sometimes it’s something easy, like a disconnected wire. Sometimes it’s a bit more challenging, like non-compatible parts being mashed together.
Sometimes you have an armorer at an event, but often you don’t, and knowing how to fix your gear will keep you on the strip (and scoring). With three different weapons, however, the art of armory isn’t exactly simple, and properly repairing your gear requires knowing how it works.
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