Has your young child been fencing for a while, enjoys the sport, but struggles to keep up with other students?
Many parents have been in your shoes, and just like you, they’ve looked for ways to help their kids practice fencing at home so they can perform well at the club. You’re probably wondering if there are any drills or fencing games you can borrow from your child’s instructor. Even though it’s completely understandable that you’d want to do that, it’s not the best idea.
If your child is a beginner, the best thing you can do is get them involved in fencing-related exercises and activities that will lay the foundation for future improvements and a deeper passion for the sport. That approach will help them become healthier people and better fencers who are always eager to learn more.
You know what really brings a family together? Stabbing each other with metal rods, also known as the sport of fencing.
Whether you or your kids have fenced before or any of you are new to the sport, taking fencing lessons together is a worthwhile family activity. It provides opportunities for you to bond with your kids, and you’ll get to see them mature and grow because of the sport.
To prove that point, we sat down with one of our Swordplay LA parents, Sean Upchurch, and talked to him about the lessons he takes with his son. Read on to learn how fencing has benefited their father-son relationship and how it can do the same for you.
The answer depends on two things. It partially hinges on the coach. Having a knowledgeable fencing coach who you get along with is crucial. But it also depends on you: How you engage with your coach during your lessons determines what you get from them.
And if you’re not getting the most out of your fencing coach, what’s the answer? Do you get a new one or change the way you do things?
Swordplay LA is here to help you answer that question. We’re going to talk about what you can do to strengthen your coach-student relationship — which will mean more winning and learning — and what to look for when hunting for a new coach.
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.
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?
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.
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.