Age and skill level are factored into class placement to ensure top quality and fencer development. Coaches group placement is under the coaches’ discretion.
AFFA FENCING CLASSES
Musketeers (ages 6-10)
The Musketeer Fencing classes will introduce students to the basics of fencing in a safe and fun environment. It will emphasize sportsmanship, discipline, manners and work ethic. Classes include conditioning, footwork, blade drills, fencing with electric scoring equipment and individual instruction. The program is designed to appeal to students of varying capabilities and interests.Class length is one hour and a half; during that time participants will do footwork, drills, and fence with full electric equipment under coaches’ supervision. Equipment is available if participant does not have his/her own.
Brand new fencers are required to take minimum 3 private lessons before entering a class.
This program provides the fencer with the opportunity to practice two or more times per week. More demanding than Musketeer program the class duration is an hour and a half with unrestricted open bouting following. This class emphasizes coordination, balance, motor skills and strength. In addition to strategy, footwork and technique will be sharpened. Technical and tactical drills in a group setting will provide an increased repertoire of fencing skills. Students will eventually go to local tournaments in youth categories. Additional practice is optional.
AFFA Advanced Team
Advanced classes meet three-four times per week. Enrollment is by consent of the coach and is designed for fencers who are actively competing on a local, regional and national level. This program will provide determined fencers with highest level of competitive training with everything from strength training to sport psychology along with intensive conditioning, footwork, drills and tactical fencing.
Class runs for an hour and a half during the week and two hours on Saturdays with unlimited open bouting following class. Additional training and tournament schedule as recommended by the coach. The main focus of this group is to put fencers in a position to receive college scholarships and assist in college acceptance. Fencer’s group placement is under the coaches’ discretion.