In theory it should be possible to analyze more or less objectively the work of a high performance fencer in terms of the quality we perceive in his/her technical, tactical and strategic execution, together with combat efficiency, as these aspects have always been the focus of fencing teaching. Furthermore, experience allows us to perceive assurance and confidence of the talented athlete.
However, fencing is not a sport of appreciation but of results, this is, of efficiency in combat, touches are given or received. And yet, there are subtle differences in the end of the scale of talent, where the stars of fencing, have a capacity that could be called virtuosity, meaning that it can be a fencer of results with efficient and effective executions, that, simply, are elegant and beautiful to watch. The virtuous fencer is an artist, a genius of biomechanics and an accomplished strategist. But above all, he/she is a creative entity, because fencing is an art that allows expression of virtuosity, in exquisite and infinite combinations of the above aspects, and individual talent compensates where necessary.
But, how do we develop this kind of extreme talent or virtuosity? And in the first instance, is it possible for anyone to be creative? how to do it?
Well, these are the questions whose answers should any competitor know, and we will try and seek to find their answer in this column, through a series of articles and short essays based on multidisciplinary research studies and life experiences of those who have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of perfection in their performance. Interestingly, these same responses are sought by educational sectors in almost all nations of the world, seeking to reform its procedures. Moreover, they are sought by the productive sectors in which innovation is held as a solution to the problems of the global economy. Innovation is forged on the pillar of the Imagination and creativity. This is not a pretentious goal because in reality the peak that today have achieved the multidisciplinary studies and complexity science, offers us the opportunity to use technology, and exact and social sciences to study and understand competitive high performance in all its expressions, so that they provide the most effective tools to help us realize our sports objectives, and as we shall see, in any other area.
There is a misconception that prevails in the world of sports and even in the corporate world of work, for which it is believed that cognitive factors, dealing with how we process information in our brains and minds, "although they may have some relevance, they are always secondary to traditional training content ". Moreover, in this age of social networking and global economies, the interrelationships between social and environmental factors with the quality of human performance, must also be taken into consideration to create a development strategy for the high performance fencer, according to the highly competitive environment prevailing today.
For all this, the Pan American Fencing Confederation offers on its website the Observatory of Science and Technology Applied to Fencing, with which we will try to provide our athletes with knowledge - based tools that complement their traditional technical - tactical and strategic preparation to promote the evolution of fencing.