Parent’s Corner Apr 2016: Collegiate Fencing

March Madness just ended – no, not the March Madness you are thinking of, but rather the 2016 NCAA Fencing Championships were just held at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA,

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Parent’s Corner Mar 2016: Regional Points for Youth Fencers

USA Fencing maintains both regional and national points lists by age, gender, and weapon.  The regional and national points lists are completely independent of each other, and are earned at

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Parent’s Corner Feb 2016:  Letter Ratings

This article was originally written for the September 2014 newsletter, but there’s been lots of exciting growth at RFC recently with many new fencing families, so it seemed like a

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Parent’s Corner Jan 2016:  Understanding Final Placement after DEs

The October and November 2015 Parent’s Corner discussed understanding pools and understanding DEs. There’s one final step – determining a fencer’s finishing placement after DEs. Most fencing competitions don’t do

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Parent’s Corner Sept 2015: Sportsmanship

Rochester Fencing Club is hosting a Super Youth Circuit (SYC) October 23-25, 2015, and this is an opportunity for all the fencers (and parents) of RFC to be positive role-models

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Parent’s Corner November 2015 – Understanding a Direct Elimination Tableau

Last month, Parent’s Corner discussed how to read pool results and how this leads to a seeding for a direct elimination (DE) round of a fencing tournament. This month we’ll

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Parent’s Corner October 2015 – Understanding Pool Results in a Tournament

This post is to help de-mystify the pool results you’ll see online or in event “live result” websites and to understand how they influence the seeding of fencers for the

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Parents’ Corner November 2014:  Who’s FRED?  Finding fencing tournaments outside of Rochester

Parents’ Corner November 2014:  Who’s FRED?  Finding fencing tournaments outside of Rochester If your youth fencer has reached a point where he/she would like to try fencing tournaments outside of Rochester with

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Summer Nationals Qualification for Y10, Y12, and Y14

January 2015: Summer Nationals Qualification for Y10, Y12, and Y14 We’ve just rolled into January, so it’s time to think of… Summer Nationals?!  Now is a good time, because there

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Fencing and Social Media

February 2015: Fencing and Social Media A fun short topic for a cold and short month – Fencing and Social Media! Almost everyone reading this probably has Facebook, Instagram and/or

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Stenciling of Fencing Gear

  April 2015 Parent’s Corner: Stenciling of Fencing Gear If your child is relatively new to fencing, you’ve probably noticed some of the older kids have their last name in

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Steps to Successful Goal Setting

Steps to Successful Goal Setting What is Goal Setting? What sets apart athletes who achieve their dream goal from those who don’t? Most of us have set goals for ourselves

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The Fear of Failure

The Fear of Failure “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” – Babe Ruth As we move full swing into the fencing season, many fencers will

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Footwork, Footwork, Footwork.

Footwork, Footwork, Footwork.  Regardless of which weapon you fence or what level of competition you compete at, there is one element of fencing that simply cannot be ignored: footwork. Footwork

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Make the Most Out of Every Tournament.  Over the course of the season, the average competitive fencer will travel to and compete in several tournaments. From local events, to regional

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The Power of Positive Imagery

The Power of Positive Imagery If you watched the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month you probably saw glimpses of athletes going through some interesting pre-competition routines. You may have

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Rest and Recovery

Rest and Recovery As the Summer National Fencing Championships draw near, it can be tempting for many athletes preparing for competition to train as much as possible in order to

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Practice Bouting

Practice Against Everyone  Throughout your fencing career you will encounter many different opponents varying in skill and experience level. One of the most beneficial forms of practice is bouting. The

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The Referee

The Referee.  As a competitive fencer, you will at some point disagree with the calls the referee makes. As a young competitor, I often found myself infuriated with referees who

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The Will to Win

“The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare,” Juma Ikangaa  When I was a young student, my coach Hristo would occasionally halt our practice, and have the

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Whether this is your first or fifth season as a member of the RFC’s competitive program, there are a number of things you will need to do to make the

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Fencing Lessons for Life

Fencing Lessons for Life: What else are you walking away with other than getting really good at hitting people with swords?  Competitive fencers spend hours upon hours perfecting hits, timing,

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Goal Setting: Outcome Verses Process

Goal Setting: Outcome verses Process Very few athletes, if any, set out not wanting to win during competition. Everyone wants to do their best, and everyone hopes to win. However,

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Off the Piste

Off the Piste: Food, Hydration, and all that stuff that keeps you going. While I’ve spent a lot of time writing about all the things you can do to enhance

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Intensity of Awareness

Intensity of Awareness: How to Improve Your Control of the Moment What is intensity? What I mean by intensity isn’t so much related to how much speed and force your

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Practice Bouting

  Practice Bouting: Competitive vs. Skill Enhancement Over the course of your fencing career, you are going to spend a lot of time training with practice bouts; 5 touch, 15

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Going the Extra Mile

When I first started fencing at the Sacramento Fencing Club, there was a gangly fencer named James who always came in early, warmed up on his own and started doing

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Self-Confidence

In practice, we work hard to improve our physical abilities like footwork, bladework, bouting. As competitive athletes we spend hours during the week trying to perfect our skills. But there

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Parent’s Corner Sept 2015: The Ben Gutenberg Memorial Super Youth Circuit


 The Ben Gutenberg Memorial Super Youth Circuit in Rochester: Oct 23 – 25, 2015 Rochester Fencing Club will be hosting a Super Youth Circuit (SYC) event this October, and

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