The Fencing Coach Code of Honor

Fencers Code

The other day, I was fencing at a tournament at the Maryland Fencing Club, and noticed that the salle’s head coach, Greg Paye had placed the Desiderata displayed on his wall. As I waited to be called for my direct elimination matches, I read through the Desiderata a few times, soaking in the words and […]

You Know You’re Going to Lose

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This weekend I faced a teaching moment that came from an unlikely place. My sons were all taking turns at a video game. My oldest was playing his turn and was behind by two scores with the clock winding down. His younger brother commented (a couple of times) “you’re going to lose”. It wasn’t said […]

Yale Researchers affirm the Hot Hand in Sports

Can scoring streaks or going on a hot streak be confirmed?  Photo: S.Timacheff/FencingPhotos.com

Having a “hot hand”, going on a run, being “on fire”. Across all sports there are examples where an athlete seems to suddenly be unstoppable – hitting every action, or nailing every shot from the field. The idea of the “hot hand” in sports is something widely believed, but there has not been any scientific or statistical proof to back it up.

Zen Warrior – Chess Master: Video

Sport Psychology

A new sport psychology video has been released that discusses the necessary psychological shifts between the analytical and intuitive (or active) mindsets during a fencing bout. Discussion points are led by Dr. John Heil with additional input from 2 time Olympian Jason Rogers. Discuss this video in the forums.

The Effort Effect

Credit: James Yang

“We insist on giving our best effort in everything we undertake.  Furthermore, we see a huge difference between “good mistakes” (best effort, bad result) and “bad mistakes” (sloppiness or lack of effort.)” That was one of the Core Values & Beliefs for an Internet startup (MindSpring).  The mindset there – work hard, solve problems, get […]

3 Things I Learned from Winning Ugly

Winning Ugly

The amount of insight that can be gleaned from Brad Gilbert’s Winning Ugly might be surprising since it is a “how-to-win” guide to tennis. The book emphasizes things that one can do to improve their play outside of improving their technique (for that Brad suggests taking lessons with a coach.) I’ve selected the top 3 […]

Fencing Sport Psychology Video

Sport Psychology

This video contains interviews and observations on the psychological side of fencing.  Interviews shot at the 2010 Summer National Championships.  Thanks to Dr. Heil for pointing out the video to us.

Psychology of the Team Game

Beijing’s Games III: The Psychology of the Team Game The team event is the wild card in fencing. By history of the sport and temperament of the athletes, fencing is an individual sport. But the team event has taken on increasing importance in recent years. Team competition is critical to the success of the national […]

Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail

Developing consistency in your competitive results starts with how you prepare for a tournament. The establishing an individualized routine is essential for every fencer’s training program. It creates a foundation which sets the tone for the rest of the day. How you feel going into a competition -both in your mind and body- should be […]

Control Your Mind, Control Your Bout

Sport Psychology

There are a lot of things that we can’t control in this world, but the number one thing that we can control is ourselves. As fencers, we know that no one hands us touches; we have to go them ourselves.

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