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  • Fencing and the college advantage

    Fencing and the college advantage

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    Having fencing listed as an interest on your child’s college application could “make the difference between going to a ‘good’ college or university and a ‘great’ college or university.”[1]Fencing gives that extra advantage when applying to higher education.  Of course academia is important, but fencing gives the impression that thestudent is well-rounded on a whole additional level than most sports. Often referred to as “physical chess,” fencing is one of the few sports that exhibits a combination of physical prowess, mental acuity, and strategic thinking – and colleges eat this up. For example, Columbia University welcomes fencers with open arms by stating on their website that … “Good colleges are looking for good students who will contribute to their college.  Each year, some straight A students with 1600 SAT’s are rejected by colleges (don’t worry, they get in someplace) because they have little to offer; they simply regurgitate information … they have no creative spirit.  The fencer is unique.  The […]

  • Fencing, explained | Rio Olympics 2016

    Fencing, explained | Rio Olympics 2016

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  • Go Fencing and Get Smarter

    Go Fencing and Get Smarter

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    The science is in:  physical activity boosts your brainpower. Intuitively, it seems natural that physical fitness would be linked to sharper intelligence, and according to a recent presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), exercise makes you smarter.  This is good news for everyone, but particularly so for kids in school looking to make the grade. Fencing is already a sport associated with intellectualism, often called “physical chess” by coaches, fencers, and fans.  Participation in the this sport requires fitness and concentration, a powerhouse duo when it comes to increasing brainpower. The study presented at the ACSM Meeting found that among 266 undergraduates, those who exercised vigorously for at least 20 minutes per day had higher grade point averages than those who did not.  This isn’t the only study showing that physical fitness is linked to greater success in school, and the effect is not limited to college students.  Dr. Charles H. Hillman, […]

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  • Darien Fencing Club Competition Video, Part 2

    Darien Fencing Club Competition Video, Part 2

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  • Thrust and parry: Fencing reigns as ‘New York’s Olympic sport’

    Thrust and parry: Fencing reigns as ‘New York’s Olympic sport’

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    The sport’s popularity shows that swordplay isn’t just for Zorro and The Three Musketeers.

    Twice a week, 67-year-old Madelon Rosenfeld does battle with anyone willing to take her on.

  • Young Fencers Sharpen Skills

    Young Fencers Sharpen Skills

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    There’s a battle going on at the Darien VFW Hall. Harrison Zuckerberg and Kai Zhou cross swords, trying to outwit and out-muscle each other and land the fatal thrust. It’s a rare sight for Fairfield County but just another afternoon at the Darien Fencing Club. Harrison’s mom. Darien Fencing Club founder JeffreyBinder’s 11-year-old daughter, Sylvie, is proof. She started when she was 6 and fell in love with the sport. She took ninth place in her age group in theU.S. Fencing National Championships. Two years ago, Binder decided there was a lack of programs for children and started a club in his hometown of Armonk, N.Y. Realizing there was a need in lower Fairfield County as well, the Binders broughttheir group to Darien this spring. “The ultimate goal would be to create a full-time academy in the area,” Binder said. “But we reasoned out that what we should really do is develop an audience for it. “The club doesn’t have […]

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