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 parallels to our sport that I am implementing in my own … [Read more...] about 3 Things I Learned from Winning Ugly
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. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FeKO0TKgVA … [Read more...] about Fencing Sport Psychology Video
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
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