The Fencing.Net community blogs offer up the thoughts of different members of the Fencing.Net community outside of their postings to the forum threads. One of the great things about the community here is the diversity of ideas and the breadth of experience that is (usually) free shared.
I wanted to highlight some of the postings in the community (forums and blogs) that get lost and are hidden gems not often found by the regular browser.
Allen Evans, who coaches at Dominion Fencing Club in VA, asks in his blog:
If a town has a dozen Karate studios, does it have the population to support one fencing club?
What does it really take to support a club?
Why aren’t there more clubs?
What follows is a fairly lively discussion of the challenges of marketing fencing and some ideas that clubs could use to better market their programs. View the full blog post and discussion here: Marketing a fencing club.
Continue the discussion – (either here or on Allen’s blog): How do you as a fencer, parent, coach, or club owner market fencing to people you know or run into? What tactics would you use to expand the presence of the sport and get more clubs going? Is it possible for small towns that have a couple of karate studios to support a fencing salle?