Dumbo jumps from his platform, the "magic" feather is let go and he continues to fall towards the ground. Timothy Q. Mouse: Dumbo! C'mon, fly! Open those ears! The magic feather was just a gag! You can fly! Honest you can! Please, open them up! Please! At the last moment, Dumbo opens his ears and soars over the crowd - Timothy Q. Mouse: Whee! We did it! We did it! … [Read more...] about Fencing and Dumbo’s Magic Feather
Setting goals is one of the most commonly used training tools. Goals can organize the competitors’ focus and endeavors towards achieving a specific task. They also increase persistence and motivation for long term training. Having a goal can help a performer find new learning strategies. Unfortunately, people’s goals are all too often made incorrectly. If you are interested … [Read more...] about 7 Steps to Effective Goal Setting
Having goals is nothing new. Most people are familiar with the usual short-term, long-term goal plan. While there are many types of goals, the achievement-motivation theory explains goals are created according to our type of motivation. Some people work to improve themselves and compare their current performances with their previous ones. Other people compare themselves to … [Read more...] about Fence to Win or Fence Not to Lose?
I’ve seen it so many times. A fencer may be struggling in a tough bout, but hanging in there. Then out of the blue, one thing goes wrong and they explode in a fit of anger, or mentally break down. As a result, they lose the bout, their temper and even some dignity from other fencers. Simply put, they were not prepared for the unexpected, and their reactions got the best of … [Read more...] about Everything That Can Go Wrong in a Bout, Will
Being mentally prepared for competition can help develop consistent results. You may be able to perform up to your potential while improving your already sharpened physical skills. One aspect of mental preparation is focusing on your fencing during a bout (as opposed to the impending outcome of the bout) before you actually fence it. … [Read more...] about Focus on Fencing