Fencers should select shoes that are low to the ground, and offer good lateral stability. This excludes runners and many shoes worn by the casual club fencer. Choosing the right shoe for fencing is important for learning correct movements; they should offer stability and cushioning.
Club coaches ask that beginners bring clean indoor court shoes to training, but which ones will are closest to an actual fencing shoe?
Runners elevate the heel too much, and do not offer nearly enough lateral stability, as the shoe elevates the soul too much above the ground. The toe in runners is elevated off the ground when flat, and are to be avoided.
More info about fencing specific shoes and other options
It’s finally summer here in Calgary, and with the warm weather come opportunities to boost your physical potential. There’s no better time during the year to get out there and develop all the skills you’ll need to improve your fencing ability!
Summer training is the perfect way to hone your physical fitness, muscle memory and training, and to find – and fix – any weak areas before the competitive season starts up again. You know your style better than anyone else, and that puts you in a unique position to improve yourself, without the pressure to compete. And that’s not the only benefit to continuing on through the summer – since many fencers do not participate in other sports, this training can supplement that lack of participation by organizing age-appropriate strength and speed programs. The skills learned in these will carry into the regular season, and directly translate into better form, better habits, and increased confidence in the future.
Here are a few more advantages to fencing in the summer:
1. You can fence with more experienced athletes in the “free play” environment.
2. You can “learn to train”. We believe in learning proper techniques of weight training and developing energy systems, and we incorporate several aspects of this belief.
If you’re still not sure whether summer training is right for you or your child, then we encourage you to come visit our facility and get a proper introduction to all we have to offer – in both this season, and the rest of the year. After all, we believe that constant improvement is the key to success, and there’s no better way to build confidence and motivation than to look back and see how far you’ve come!