Hello again everybody,
We hope that you and your family and friends are all coping ok in the peculiar times we find ourselves in and that you keep finding new ways to stay fit, well and happy. With that in mind, you may find some useful ideas below!
Also, thank you for your support; it has been great to hear from people who are raring to go as soon as we can restart fencing sessions. We don't have any news on that yet but we'll update you as soon as we have more information.
Staying fit and active
Staying active is a great way to protect your health and happiness. It will also help you to leap back into fencing with great gusto when we restart sessions! Some of the links below are reproduced from our club's Facebook pages (and group).
If you haven't worked on your fitness much lately, remember to start small and build up. Beat your own personal best! Here are a couple of ideas that don't need much equipment or space.
- Why not dig out that old skipping rope? Skipping is great for fitness and fencing footwork. Whether your PB is 2 skips in a row or 200, work on going one better! Getting bored with the same-old same-old? Try building up your skills. The Australian Heart Foundation has PDF info sheets for beginner, intermediate, and experienced skippers - plenty of new tricks to try, even if you have to leave out the multi-person ones.
- Body-weight exercises need little or no equipment and not much space. They range in difficulty from gentle to extremely challenging. For examples, have a look at Darebee.
Fencing at any level (even without a piste!)
As well as Cav's own Facebook page, have a look at fencing resources beyond our club, including other clubs, Fencing WA, Australian Fencing Federation, and the International Fencing Federation (FIE). Hopefully some of you saw the live chat hosted by UWA Fencing Club with Nathalie Moellhausen this afternoon (posted on our Facebook page) or yesterday's tactical analysis session hosted by Queensland Fencing Association (posted on Fencing WA's Facebook page). Keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities like these!
Keep on practicing and researching! Sven posted a great inspiring video for all fencers (including kids), also available off-Facebook.
One example of fencing practice off-piste is finger exercises. If you have a foil, epee or sabre at home, hold it at one end between your thumb and fingers. Then use your fingers to get from the point to the guard and back again. No cheating by letting it slide! If you don't have a weapon at home, have a look around for an alternative - even something shorter like a pencil will do.
If you have been building up to competitions this year, all the cancellations can get you down. But stay cheerful by keeping up the good work with training and planning in the mean time!
We trust that you are staying in contact with your individual coaches about ongoing training. There are also many online links and videos available. Why not post some on our Facebook page? Let's get some debates going about the best resources out there!
Thanks Sven and Kylie for posting Sydney University Fencing's footwork and fitness exercises and speed & agility workouts from Bill Ronald onto Facebook.
There are a lot of online fencing videos you can watch any time you like - FIE has its own YouTube channel, for instance. Or for a bit of fun, check out this great ad from a few years back: https://youtu.be/1rZr2u9JD0M.
And speaking of fun, how about some digital swordplay? FIE has an iPhone game app called Swordplay or, for more fantastical or historical swords, check out this list of 15 sword fighting games.
Online group sessions - Call for interest!
Online live group sessions have worked well for fencing and other groups. We are considering hosting online sessions but first we need to find out if there are enough Cavs members wanting to attend one! Let us know if you're interested, and also what types of sessions would be of most interest to you, and what times you are available.
Online sessions would most likely use Zoom. You may be aware of recent security concerns about this online tool. We would not be tracking anyone or discussing confidential information but it is still important to make an informed decision about its use. You may find information such as in this BBC article helpful.
We have received an update from KidSport, relevant to any of our Bladez and Junior members using them: "KidSport will be extending all voucher expiry dates on previously approved vouchers through until the 30 June 2020. ... The 90-day expiry will still be in place for any future voucher approvals."
You can find more information at the KidSport homepage.
Look after yourselves and each other, and we look forward to seeing you all on the piste soon!