Welcome to the Better Fencer library. These are all resources we have direct experience with and trust. We hope they can help you along your own journey to becoming a better fencer. Before digging in, an important disclosure.


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)

American Fencer: Modern Lessons from an Ancient Sport

Tim Morehouse’s American Fencer not only provides a fascinating look into the career of an Olympian and what it takes to reach the top, but also shares lessons we can transfer from fencing to our own lives.

By Tim Morehouse

Epee 2.0

The definitive text for epee fencing, Olympic champion Johan Harmenberg’s Epee 2.0 breaks down technique and tactics to redefine how modern epee is fenced.

By Johan Harmenberg

Help the Helper

Help the Helper is the ultimate guide to building a winning team--just by changing the team’s culture. By emphasizing unselfishness and teamwork, your team too can become a team of champions!

By Kevin Pritchard & John Eliot

Eat & Run

An inspiring look at ultramarathonner Scott Jurek’s career, Eat & Run dives into his physical and psychological battles and his experiments with nutrition along his path to greatness.

By Scott Jurek

Periodization Training for Sports

Tudor Bompa provides an introduction to a topic that a lot of fencers don’t even know about--periodization of physical training over a season, and how to peak for the tournaments that matter most.

By Tudor Bompa & Michael Carrera

Tao of Jeet Kune Do

A collection of the legendary Bruce Lee’s thoughts on martial arts, Tao of Jeet Kune Do touches on the physical, tactical, mental, and spiritual pieces that all contribute to greatness both in athletics and in life.

By Bruce Lee

The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin tells the story of his boyhood as a child chess prodigy (the basis for the film Searching for Bobby Fischer) and his later career as a world champion in Tai Chi. Through these two he answers the questions: how do we learn, and how do we improve?

By Josh Waitzkin

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