Making the call – Attacks in Foil

fencing referee hand signal for on guard or en garde

This particular call is hard. It further demonstrates the danger of only watching one fencer and looking for a mistake.

Stephen Colbert fencing on Capital Hill

Stephen Colbert Fencing

Stephen Colbert was spotted on Capital Hill wearing fencing gear. He was filming a segment for Comedy Central’s Colbert Report  on Friday. Two photos were posted to Facebook showing Colbert and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). The congresswoman’s office confirmed that she was participating in Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment. She participated in fencing in high […]

Improve your Refereeing with Badgermille

Badgermille is a new site dedicated to helping fencing referees practice with online video.

Badgermille – The Referee Crowdsourced learning platform In many other sports there are sample videos and online learning portals for referees so that the national organizations can educate the mass of referees at the local level to proper calls and various points of emphasis for the seasons. In the US for fencing, this communication is […]

Fencing Silver Medalist takes on a Challenger with a Tree – and scores!

Piasecki is so good he can get a tree to set off the scoring machine.

This is a crazy video to show on fencing Friday! Usually these types of videos come out of Japan, but today’s comes from Norway where Olympic Silver Medalist Bartosz Piasecki takes on a celebrity in a fencing bout. Piasecki’s handicap is that he doesn’t get to fence with an epee. He gets to use: an umbrella, […]

Michael Aufrichtig TEDx Talk on Big Moments

Michael Aufrichtig

Columbia University’s Head Fencing Coach (and newly elected USA Fencing board member) Michael Aufrichtig gave this TEDx talk discussing the importance of paying attention to the details and focusing on specific plans to improve. Pay attention to his point about 1-touch bouts:   About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth […]

Fencing Promotional Video by Nellya Fencers

Nellya Sabre Fencers

Nellya Fencers Club just published a promotional video to YouTube as part of their summer fencing camp marketing strategy. This video is a great promotional piece and could easily be re-cut into smaller advertising pieces. It speaks to their unique selling proposition (USP) and is targeted at parents who are looking for more opportunities for […]

What CEOs can Learn from Fencing

Columbia University coaches on CNBC's Power Lunch

Columbia Fencing head coach Michael Aufrichtig joined Aladar Kogler on CNBC to discuss applying business skills to coaching a fencing team, getting fencers in the right mental state, and what fencing can teach CEOs. Check the video here:  

Escaping the Matrix: There is no Perfect Technique in Fencing

Ace Eldeib in action against Poland's Majgier in the Cadet Men's Epee event.

Jonathan Yergler is posting more articles to his blog “The Fencing Athlete” and yesterday’s entry is about how there isn’t a perfect technique to fencing. Rather than being a call to ignore technique and just fence by feel, Jonathan is referring to those that obsess over doing “the action” and divorcing that from the tactical […]

Video – The Origin of Non-Combativity

This is one of the reasons why we can’t have nice things! The team epee match that may have been the impetus for “passivity” which evolved to the current non-combativity rules.

2014 Fencing Calendar ready for Pre-Order

2014 Fencing Calendar Cover image by Serge Timacheff

The 2014 Fencing Calendar is now available for pre-order at the Fencing.Net store.  This calendar features dynamic images of fencing at the world level as photographed by Serge Timacheff, owner of and the official photographer of the FIE. This calendar features shots from the 2013 fencing season including the recently concluded World Championships.  Pre-order now for holiday delivery. […]

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