As a new fencing student, it’s important you develop strong practice habits from the very beginning. It doesn’t matter if you’re training casually or gearing up for your first tournament. Developing strong technique early on will make it easier for you to transition into a heavier practice schedule or to competition training as you progress.
Serious fencers pay special attention to their overall physical condition. This means exercise or cross-training in sports other than fencing. Running, strength training, baseball, tennis, cycling, and other activities are great for building the speed and endurance you’ll need for explosive fencing movements.
Focus on Your Footwork
Footwork is one of the most important skills a fencer can develop. Fencers have a reputation for being light on their feet but in order to do this you need to develop strength and flexibility. Forget about your hands and spend some time doing drills that are dedicated to only to your feet. Work both with and without shoes to get a better feel for what your feet are actually doing. Ask your coach for some drills you can do for speed, but don’t forget to strengthen your legs and work on your balance as well.
One of the best ways to learn about strategy is to watch the strategies of others. Watch your classmates and take advantage of your free time during tournaments to watch your opponents. Bouts aired on television or uploaded to YouTube are also great for watching and analyzing. You’ll be able to observe common weaknesses and you may even pick up on a new technique you’d like to try.
Try a Private Lesson
Find yourself loving fencing? If you truly hope to start ranking within the tournament circuit, adding some regular private lessons to your schedule will prove beneficial. A good coach can become a great mentor. Find one you are truly comfortable with before you commit to regular sessions.
Make Time for Rest
As much as you love fencing, resting and properly fueling your body is key to your success. Working through an injury may feel necessary in the midst of a major competition, but in most other cases it isn’t the best decision. Taking time out to heal from an illness or injury is honoring your body; whereas working through an illness or injury could make you worse and sideline you for far longer than if you had just taken a few days off.
Ease your way into fencing and have fun. Fencing may just evolve from something that’s simply a fun pasttime into something you’re truly passionate about.
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