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Mind-Body Relaxation for Fencing


A mindfulness-meditation guide that prepares the fencer to manage intensity during competition through a focus on breath and body awareness.

Mind-Body Relaxation for Fencing is a method of controlled breathing and muscle relaxation that draws on concepts of centering and energy flow found in Asian martial arts. This method can be used before bouts and during critical moments in competition to shift the fencer into the Zone. This is accomplished by down regulating physiological intensity and refocusing attention in a positive way. Blending contemporary sport psychology with traditional mind-body systems like Zen, yoga and tai chi, Mind-Body Relaxation demonstrates that there is a common ground. Four components to Mind-Body Relaxation: 1 Mental Training – audio guided technique that is enhanced by video that can be used either in traditional fashion with eyes closed or with eyes open. 2. Mind-Body Relaxation Seminar – narrated PowerPoint describing theory of mental training and guidance in the use of mental training with fencing. 3. Guide Book – text versions of Mental Training Program and Mind-Body Relaxation Seminar. 4. The Fencer, Intensity & Relaxation – An American Fencing Magazine article presenting practical applications of relaxation training and intensity control. Respecting the cultures and belief systems from which the concepts of centering and energy flow have evolved, Fencing Sport Psychology and Zen Zone Digital does not try to reproduce them in their cultural context. By bringing contemporary science and traditional Asian practices together, we seek to provide a richer and more engaging experience.