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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