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.

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How to Maintain Your Fencing Gear: The Lamé

foil and sabre lamé maintenance

Let’s talk about every competitive fencer’s nightmare.

You’ve gone through the trouble of preparing for today’s tournament. You’ve taken a few lessons this week, fenced nearly each day, and you got a good amount of sleep last night. You’ve packed plenty of water, fruit, energy bars, possibly a sandwich. You have extra weapons, you have the under armor, and you remembered to wear pants today! Everything’s looking good when you arrive at the venue.

And then you bring your lamé up to the officials.

They tell you it’s unusable. There are too many dead spots, it has resistance problems, maybe it’s suffered some physical damage. Even worse, there’s no vendor and no extra lamé lying around. Looks like you get to go home early today.

Naturally, you want to avoid this nightmare. To that end, it’s time to learn how to repair your lamé and keep these problems from happening with proper maintenance.

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How to Maintain Your Fencing Gear: Épée and Sabre

Épées and sabres are deceptive.

Not that they’re trying to trick you (duh). They’re deceptive in that diagnosing their technical problems can be tricky. Unlike in foil, épée and sabre don’t have the advantage of an off-target light to indicate that something’s gone wrong. You’re just as likely to think you missed that touch because of bad luck as you are to suspect some kind of technical problem.

These weapons’ problems are also trickier to identify because they’re wired differently from a foil, as you learned from our very first article on gear maintenance. That’s why épéeists and sabreists get their very own article dedicated to diagnosing and fixing these weapons’ most common issues.

Let’s talk about épée first.

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2 Proven Methods for Building Fencing Endurance

endurance training for fencing

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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What Values Can My Children Learn From Fencing?

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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Why Try Fencing In High School?

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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Why You Should Try Fencing

Let’s get the boring part of this conversation out of the way first.

Me:  You should try fencing
You:  Fencing?  Like the wiggly, stabby, sword game?
Me:  Sure, if that’s easier for you to wrap your head around.
You:  Yeah… I guess that might be fun.  I never considered it.
Me:  I gathered.

Great. That’s done with. Now, if for some reason you’re here looking for home landscaping business tips you should just keep clicking. They’re here somewhere.

But if you’re that person who wants to know why they should try fencing, good for you! Here are the big reasons, short and sweet.

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