“It's hard to be humble, when you're as great as I am.” - Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali is known for repetitive dominant performances in harrowing competitive conditions and his extremely confident attitude. There is little doubt that he was able to feel self-assured about his performance before he stepped into the ring. Mental preparation involves trusting your skills and … [Read more...] about “I am the Greatest!” – Fence with Confidence
The objective of mental preparation is developing a mindset that creates consistent performance your talents. Athletes such as Lance Armstrong, Pedro Martinez, and Michelle Kwan have consistently outstanding feats and it is out of the ordinary for them to have sub par performance. Developing the proper mindset that prepares you for tournament after tournament can lead to peak … [Read more...] about Are You Ready to Fence?
Ready? Fence! Mental Preparation Tips for Competition Being mentally prepared for a tournament is just as important as being physically prepared. A successful fencer requires strong muscles, quick reactions, and refined motor skills to defeat their opponent. Having a strong mind, quick attitude responses, and tailored mental skills gives an equaled matched fencer a distinct … [Read more...] about Mental Preparation Tips for Competition
Anxiety on the Strip : An Examination of Predictors of Precompetitive State Anxiety in Epee Fencers Research continues to look for the sources of state anxiety for individual athletes prior to competition. State anxiety is of particular interest to sport psychology consultants because it can be debilitating, especially for non-elite athletes (Gould, 1993; Gould, Horn & … [Read more...] about Anxiety on the Strip
How Fear of Failure Can Affect Your Fencing Fencing has been labeled “physical chess” due to the heavy emphasis on its mental game. A fencer must be able to anticipate, plan, and make proper decisions while coordinating their body at high speeds. While fencers of all different skill levels commonly bout each other, it is often the courageous fencer who is better … [Read more...] about Bouting with Anxiety