Did you know that many fencing scholarships go unused each year?
That’s true across differently sized universities, but it’s especially true for small schools with fencing programs that are just trying to fill their rosters. While not all of these scholarships will be full rides, they’re still worth a look. It’s definitely better than relying on student loans!
But if you’re interested in getting a fencing scholarship, you’ll need to build connections with coaches. Networking with college fencing coaches is critical to getting a fencing scholarship. And the good news is that you don’t have to be a nationally ranked fencer to build those connections. Even regional and local competitors can get a fencing scholarship if they meet the right coach.
There are four stages to networking with coaches so you can land a fencing scholarship: doing your homework, introducing yourself, meeting the coach, and demonstrating your commitment.
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Think back to the first time you ever fenced, even if it wasn’t that long ago. You were completely out of breath by the end of it, but your instructor wasn’t. Now ask yourself a question: Have you gotten any better?
Not skill-wise, rather in terms of your endurance. Are you able to fence more bouts than you were on day one? Are you able to breathe at a more normal rate after your fencing bouts? Or does it still feel like your very first day?
Building endurance for fencing bouts takes work, just like any other aspect of the sport. And today, we’re going to discuss the secret to building endurance for fencing. Once you take this advice, you’ll be able to fence more bouts, fence longer bouts, and breathe a little bit more easily by the end of your fencing sessions.
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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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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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