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Book - Fencing: A Practical Guide for Training Young Athletes (sabre - for coaches, parents and fencers)

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Fencing Sabre: A Practical Training Guide for Coaches, Parents and Young Athletes - by Rob Handelman, D.C., Maître d'Armes, and Connie Louie, Ph.D., Maître de Sabre 

This is a must-read book for coaches who want to lead children from beginner to elite status. It is a comprehensive guide on training young fencers; from building a youth program and understanding children's learning styles to teaching physical and psychological readiness. The book includes the latest information on electric sabre techniques, sports medicine, and skills development through drills and games. It contains 72 photos, as well as 17 graphics and flow charts for clarification. The book also addresses common parent questions and ways to support their young fencer. 

After two years of their youth program, the authors trained three of the top five Youth-10 sabre fencers in the United States. 


"The footwork and drills are effective.  With effort, these drills will help fencers improve their skills and become more confident in their abilities when they challenge higher level fencers in competitions." 

-Ed Korfanty, Maître d'Armes, U.S. National Women's sabre coach, Olympic sabre coach 


    Table of Contents:

  1. Starting a Youth Program
  2. Understanding Child Development
  3. Learning Styles
  4. Sports Medicine
  5. Fencing Fitness
  6. Making it Fun - Games
  7. Technique
  8. Footwork and Drills
  9. Group Class Instruction
  10. Individual Lessons
  11. Competitive Training
  12. For Parents
  13. Mental Toughness
  14. My Point Of View
  15. Personal Notes to Coaches
  • Potential Injury Chart
  • Fencing Action Flow Charts
  • Sabre Actions and Reactions From En Garde
  • Types of Attacks, Depending on Opponent's Reaction
  • Fencing Etiquette for a Safe and Positive Learning Environment
  • For Fencers and Parents Before a Competition
  • Tournament Info for Parents and Fencers


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