Do you spend a lot of time on the road for work? If so, you may find it difficult to keep up with your fencing training at your regular school. The good news is there are quite a few things you can do to keep up your training between sessions, with some fencing practice drills.
Focus on Strength and Endurance
Most hotels have a small gym or are close to parks and walking paths. Hit the gym to do some weight lifting or go out for a run or jog to work on your long and short-term endurances. Use intervals to vary your tempo so you can emulate the type of heart-rate changes you’d experience in practice or in a tournament.
A lot of hotel rooms have long horizontal mirrors. These are great for practicing footwork drills. Make sure you have a clear path to work within, clear of luggage, clothing, chairs, or other travel items. Talk to your coach before you travel to ensure you have useful drills to practice and good form.
A great way to improve your own fencing practice is to video yourself and play it back later. Have someone take video of your fencing classes and then use your time on the road to review the recordings. Assess yourself objectively, watching each of your movements to determine what improvements you need to make.
Have someone take video of your competition matches as well. Make sure you review your competition videos within a week or so of each tournament. Your skills will improve over time, so you don’t want to waste your time looking at old technique. Focus on recent videos and you’ll be able to look for issues in your own technique while under pressure, talk to your coach about ways you can improve, and make adjustments to your home/travel practice routine.
Find a Secondary School
Do you travel to the same location every time you go for work? Are you there for an extended period of time when you go? It’s important to talk to your coach before you do so, but you may be able to find a fencing school close to your travel location so that you can join in on practice matches while you are there. Ask your coach for permission and for recommendations. If you are allowed, be open with the schools you visit about your travel needs.
Travel may slow your progress a little bit, but with a little extra effort you’ll be able to maintain your skills and jump right back into your fencing practice routine when you are home again.