Invest In Your Kid’s Future: Take A Stab At Fencing!

Children's fencing lessons are an investment in their success.

Children’s fencing lessons are a well-paved road to maturity.

Fencing teaches your kids strong values: They’ll learn to persevere, respect other people, and take responsibility for their choices. They’ll even pick up several useful life lessons, such as:

  • “Solve your problems one point at a time”
  • “You have to risk getting hurt to win.”
  • “Losing teaches you more than winning.”

Finally, your child will learn the soft skills that they’ll need to become successful adults. Their trip down fencing lane will help them look at the world objectively, take and give constructive criticism, and become prudent with their time.

The best part is that your kid won’t even know it’s happening! They just know that stabbing people is fun.

Let’s take a look at how your children’s fencing lessons will sneakily prepare them for adulthood.

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7 Simple & Effective Exercises for Practicing Fencing At Home

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Practicing fencing at home keeps your game at its best.

Although practicing at home is inadvisable for beginners, you should definitely start doing some at-home fencing exercises once you’ve nailed the basics. After all, when you don’t practice at home, it’s harder to retain what you learn during your lessons and progressing becomes more difficult.

If you’re just fencing for fun and aren’t concerned with competing or even becoming the best fencer at your club, practicing fencing at home probably isn’t your first priority. But even if you belong to that crowd, you shouldn’t dismiss the importance of doing fencing exercises at home.

Practicing your fencing techniques at home cements what you learn from your coach, reinforces good habits, and makes you a better fencer. All that means more winning in the long run, and who doesn‘t like winning their fencing bouts?

No one, that’s who. So let’s get down to business: Here are seven ways you can practice fencing at home.

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6 Refereeing Tips Every New Fencer Needs to Hear

When someone asks you to referee a fencing bout, does your heart skip a beat? Does your mouth go dry? Do you suddenly forget how to speak?

Perhaps your reaction isn’t that dramatic, but you still agree to referee rather reluctantly. Like many novice fencers, you’re worried about following the action and you certainly don’t want to upset your club mates with a bad call.

Nevertheless, it’s crucial that all fencers learn to referee a bout competently. Learning to call out fencing actions accurately will enable you to leverage the rules of fencing when you’re on the fencing piste. Not to mention that getting good at refereeing fencing bouts will earn you serious reputation points at your club.

So we highly recommend that you volunteer to referee as many bouts as you can, but it would behoove you to learn how to do it well. As the saying goes:

Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent.

With that in mind, let’s discuss the mistakes you’re bound to make when you first start refereeing fencing bouts — if you haven’t made them already — and how you can avoid them.

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Don’t Practice Fencing At Home – Do These 3 Things Instead!

Swordplay LA can help your kids practice for fencing at home

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.

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How To Become a Better Fencer with 3 Mental Skills

You already know that physical practice is key to becoming a competent fencer. But did you know that you need to develop a strong mental game too?

Each fencer begins their journey to excellence at different points. But no matter where you start, improving your game requires developing physical and mental agility. Developing both not only hones your technique but turns you into a tactically superior fencer, and therefore a much tougher opponent.

Private fencing lessons and classes hone your physical game, but your mental game is a different story. It’s completely on you, but that’s where this article comes in: We’re going to discuss the mental skills you need to develop a masterful fencing game. These tools can help you prepare to fence, become mentally agile as you’re fencing, and learn from all your bouts so you can keep growing.

Let’s get started!

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You Can Get A Fencing Scholarship With These 4 Steps

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!

If you’re interested in learning how to get a fencing scholarship — of course, you wouldn’t be looking at this article otherwise — you’ll need to build connections with coaches. 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 get a fencing scholarship: doing your homework, introducing yourself, meeting the coach, and demonstrating your commitment.

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Fencing Lessons: A Perfect Activity for Adults and Kids!

You know what really brings a family together? Stabbing each other with metal rods, also known as the sport of fencing.

Sean and Ethan taking a private lesson with Tim Weske, owner of Swordplay LA.

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.

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The Only 2 Methods You Need For Building Fencing Endurance

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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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Keep or Trade? 7 Ways to Get More From Your Fencing Coach

Do you need a new coach?

Are you getting the most from your fencing coach?

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.

Let’s start with what you can do.

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6 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Fencing

Have you ever paused to consider what life lessons fencing can teach you? Some lessons that might have already occurred to you could include:

  • 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 fencing long enough, you’ll pick up life lessons that will help you land a good job or thrive as an adult. We encourage you to reflect on what fencing has taught you about life, but here are seven life lessons to get you started.

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