Better Fencer's library of the best reads on the topic of the mind including everything from sports psychology, eastern philosophy and mental performance.

Each of the books listed on this page offers critical information that we believe can help you get to the next level in your fencing.


Thinking Body, Dancing Mind

A blend of Western psychology and Eastern philosophy, Thinking Body, Dancing Mind examines how we can overcome the challenges to our success and unlock our potential in sports, business, and life.

By Chungliang Al Huang & Jerry Lynch

New Toughness Training for Sports

A must-read for anyone who has struggled with their mental game, James Loehr’s New Toughness Training covers how to improve and resolve many different psychological challenges. Learn how to get tough and perform at your best, no matter the circumstances!

By James E. Loehr (sports psychology)


In Flow, Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explores the science of the “flow state,” or being “in the zone.” Perfect for anyone who has suffered from over-thinking, self-consciousness, or nerves in fencing--or in life!

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (sports psychology)

Winning Ugly

Olympic tennis champion Brad Gilbert discusses an often-overlooked but critical part of competition: winning the tactical and psychological game.

By Brad Gilbert (sports psych/tactics)

One Touch at a Time

By renowned US Olympic coach Dr. Aladar Kogler, One Touch at a Time breaks down what is needed for success in fencing at a psychological and physical level.

By Aladar Kogler (fencing)

Wherever You Go There You Are

This classic book is a great introduction to the ideas of mindfulness and meditation--what author Jon Kabat-Zinn sees not necessarily as arcane or mystical concepts but rather as a workout for your consciousness.

By Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Organized Mind

With so much information and stimulation constantly around us, it can be hard to keep our focus and process what is important. Daniel Levitin explores the science behind the small changes we can make to regain control over our lives.

By Daniel Levitin

Awaken The Giant Within 

These two books by Tony Robbins go through his strategies on how to use goal setting and positive thinking to achieve more in life.

By Tony Robbins

Unlimited Power

More tricks, tips and tactics leveraging the power of NLP to help you conquer disempowering beliefs that hold you back from success.

By Tony Robbins

The Happiness Advantage

Harvard psychologist, Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage flips our common perception of success and happiness on its head--rather than finding happiness because we are successful, Achor makes the case that we can only find success once we are happy.

By Sean Achor

The Inner Game of Tennis

One of the most classic sports psychology books out there, The Inner Game of Tennis dives into the question of how we can perform at our peak by resolving the battles we often fight in our heads during competition.

By Timothy Gallwey

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is widely known as the best introduction to Zen thinking--a way of thinking that can help clear up your mind in both fencing and life.

By Shunryu Suzuki

peak: secrets from the new science of expertise

Peak explores the differences between how most of us practice and what psychologist K. Anders Ericsson calls “deliberate practice”--what he argues is the most critical piece of improving any skill.

By K. Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Peak Performance focuses on the science behind how successful people become successful. The book argues for a measured approach to skill development and learning which contradicts the “work till you drop” mentality that often infects motivated athletes. This is a perfect read for anyone has a tendency to over-train, to push themselves past their own physical limits.

By Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

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