Fencing is an incredibly versatile sport in the way it supports both team efforts and individual accomplishments. While training, students work with their coaches and classmates to perform drills and to help each other improve through sparring practice. At the same time, students compete individually, striving for their own unique goals. While group lessons are more than enough for many casual students, others find that adding private fencing lessons to their training schedules creates a completely different dynamic.
Desire to Progress
A lot of people start fencing with casual interest and are quickly captivated by the sport. They develop a strong sense of drive and want to advance in competition and rank faster than they initially thought they would. Those who take private lessons in addition to their group classes tend, on average, to progress twice as quickly as those who attend group lessons alone.
It doesn’t matter what level of athletic ability you have, either. Two students with similar attributes may begin together in group classes, but the one who takes private lessons will ultimately progress through the class levels faster because of the extra time spent working on footwork and technique. Even natural athletic ability benefits from extra time spent in practice.
Most individuals, especially children, are driven by individual success. Once fencing transitions from a mere hobby to a serious sport, students tend to recognize the individual nature of the sport and their need for more one-on-one attention. Students who want to compete find that private lessons are critical for improving their techniques. In many cases, those who take extra lessons are the ones who place higher in competitions. With children, placing and progressing brings a sense of accomplishment that fuels their desire to continue participating.
Quite a few new fencers want to jump right in and practice not only in class but at home as well. Home practice for beginners is often discouraged because new students tend to practice poor form and technique. Instead, new students often find it beneficial to invest in a private lesson in order to build a strong base – learning to touch, strengthening the muscles of the shoulders, wrist, and elbow, and developing the right footwork. Your early time investments will help you to avoid picking up bad habits from the very beginning. You’ll progress faster and you’ll avoid many common early injuries.
Group lessons are great and they are certainly enough if you don’t have the desire to train privately. For those who do, private fencing lessons are a great way to fine tune your techniques, become more precise in practice, and develop a unique personal style without distracting other students in group lessons. Contact us if you’re ready to take your fencing practice to the next level. We’re here to help.