Our introduction program is for brand new fencers of any age and consists of four foundation classes at the member rate plus one private lesson with Zack Brown at member rate. Equipment rental is also included. The total cost of this package is $140.00, due at signing.
Each great athlete is built upon a sound foundation of fitness, balance, rhythm, technique, and basic tactics. Our Fundamentals classes are structured to provide each participant with a sense of not only fencing, but also of his or her own strengths and weaknesses and how to develop them.
Fundamentals classes are 80 minutes in length and are limited in size. They are designed to be playful, creative, and challenging as they impart good habits upon a developing athlete. A regular participant who attends twice per week may expect to become competitive within one season or less, depending on motivation.
Classes are open to students age 7 and above, though some students may be intellectually and physically mature and disciplined enough to begin at an earlier age, pending coach approval. Every effort is made to group students by age, though this is not always possible. There are currently two Fundamental sessions available with plans for a third. Classes meet on Tuesday at 4:40 PM and Sunday at 1:40 PM.
Competitive classes are for students of any level who compete or aspire to compete in scholastic or USA Fencing-sanctioned tournaments. Age is generally 10 and above, Every effort is made to group students with partners of their own age and level though they are also encouraged to mix with fencers of greater or less experience for certain learning experiences.
Tasks are designed to refine, sharpen, and build upon the skills and concepts taught in Fundamentals classes. The tactical side of the game is explored and explained so that dedicated participants have the knowledge and experience they need to take on other skilled athletes. Classes are two hours long and include balance, coordination, agility, footwork, technical, and tactical experiences.
Advanced students are always welcome in Competitive classes to hone their core skills and techniques, but the curriculum is specifically designed to be accessible to students who may just be getting started in competitive fencing.
Advanced classes are two hours in length and coach approval is required to participate. Advanced students will have had considerable competitive experience and attend national and regional competitions regularly. Age is generally 12 and above.
An advanced athlete needs to learn to disguise their intent while simultaneously determining the hidden intent of the opponent. The athlete must not only recognize an opportunity, but also often create it. Finally, the athlete must execute the touch with precision and clarity so that a referee may award it correctly.
Tactics and strategy are explored in depth. Video analysis of bouts and practices is common, and students will be challenged physically and mentally to push to new frontiers of growth and achievement. A certain technical proficiency and experience level is required to have a truly successful experience in Advanced classes, and that is why a coach must approve participation.
FOOTWORK AND FITNESS
Footwork and fitness classes begin with a 20-25 minute intense workout designed to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and enhance explosivity. No workout is ever exactly the same, incorporating elements from boxing, dance, pilates, yoga, and other Olympic sports with skills and attributes relevant to Olympic fencing.
After a brief interval of stretching, students practice and refine their footwork. Emphasis is on competitive effectiveness, though technique and balance are always stressed.
VETERAN, YOUTH-8, and PARENT CLASSES
Fencing is a sport for all ages, and we plan to include classes for athletes over 40, under 7, and for fencing families based on demand as we continue to develop as a club.
Do you get frustrated watching your child lose? Aren't you sure you can do it better? What's wrong with them anyway... how hard can it be to march up to someone and smack them with a pretend sword? Well, here's your chance to put those thoughts and words to action. Caregivers Clash is a special opportunity for parents and veteran (over 40) fencers to get together - with or without student-athletes - and train together, learning the techniques, tactics, and nuances of the sport they invest so much in. Currently, this program is saber only, but we plan to expand it to epee at some point in the future. The cost is $25 for adults/parents/veterans There is no charge for student-athlete participation provided they are members. Non-member athletes will pay $5 per session.