Putting together a weight training and fitness plan isn't a mystery only open to fencers vying for a spot on the national team. Lorenzo Casertano highlights the steps fencers should be taking to improve their chances on the strip: Dispelling the "Weights slow your fencing" myth Any competitive fencer knows that strength and power play an integral part in success at … [Read more...] about Weight Training for the Competitive Fencer
Lee Kiefer took gold medal in the Cadet Women’s Foil event. In this bout, Kiefer uses a preparation in which her hand and point are held high on the initial step. Training advice: Watch this video once through. Then go back through the video and try to piece out the tactical choices being made by one of the fencers.
Video of the gold medal bout at the 2010 Cadet Women's Foil World Championships. This bout features Lee Kiefer (USA) and Camilla Mancini (ITA). When watching this bout, pay attention to Kiefer's use of preparation. … [Read more...] about Featured Video: Kiefer for Gold
Fencing demands focus, strategy, tactical execution, and incredible forethought, plus speed, power, and endurance.
Physical Chess. Many people use the “physical chess” metaphor when they are asked to describe fencing. This comparison, while apt, often tricks us into overemphasizing the “chess” half of the analogy while skipping out on the “physical.” Fencing is a mental game. It demands focus, strategy, tactical execution, and incredible forethought. However, fencing is also a sport … [Read more...] about Physical Chess – Training for Fencing
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 teams. It is the only realistic way to put 3 fencers … [Read more...] about Psychology of the Team Game
The Olympic Games pose such a formidable psychological challenge that the mental game is often the pivotal point between success and failure, determining who takes home the medals. For the top fencers, the Olympics are the most demanding of competitions, while for the underdog they present a unique opportunity. Sometimes the best fencer wins, sometimes not. The burden of high … [Read more...] about Getting Mentally Ready for Olympic Fencing