In the Beijing Olympics, Confucious meets Coubertin and Citius Altius Fortius meets the Tao Te Ching. As West comes East, and ancient tradition merges with the new world order, these Games promise to be a study in contrasts of olympian proportions. With such striking contrasts will come great tensions and perhaps conflicts, seeking resolution on a world stage beset by … [Read more...] about Beijing (mental) Games
Fencing is an extremely complex sport that takes years of repetitive, muscle-memory building exercises to create a natural flow-like state. Learning a new skill usually requires dedication despite a fair amount of failure, especially when applying and mastering that skill in competitive bouting. This idea of a slowly-but-surely improvement over long periods of time is evident … [Read more...] about Training: Plan it or Cram it?
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 planned out and rehearsed as if you have … [Read more...] about Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail
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.
All too often while fencing, a bad situation occur and the athlete responds and reacts based on how they initially feel about the situation. This reaction is the basis for how the fencer handles it. Sometimes, an athlete's emotions can get the better of them, and can even affect other parts of their game. Sometimes fencers forget that they are independent thinking individuals … [Read more...] about Control Your Mind, Control Your Bout
Being able to focus your attention properly on the task at hand is the essence of concentration. You would think that with all of the effort put into training for and arriving at a tournament, it would be easy to let fencing be the top priority and have the rest of the world melt away while you focus on your bouts. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen for everyone. Given all … [Read more...] about May I Have Your Attention Please!? – Concentration and Fencing