The Way

One of the earliest forms of civilized rivalry, fencing has evolved over the ages as a sport that embodies honor, discipline, and self-expression.  Way of the Sword is a USFA sanctioned club dedicated to promoting Olympic fencing. We believe in family first, and the incredible power of humility; from this stance, all things are possible.  Our offerings include personal fencing instruction while teaching skills for honorable living in today’s fast-paced and often challenging culture.  Our unique curriculum is designed to bring pupils to a deep understanding of fencing both as a sport and art form as well as of themselves as responsible, reflective, and well-meaning citizens. We use traditional training methods, creative facilitation practices, and character education to develop strong athletes and individuals.  Our approach supports the notion: "Knowing how to solve a problem is more valuable than learning the solution."  Students of the "Way" improve their ability to visualize, execute, recover, and finish with impunity. Simply stated, students learn the way to "confidence."

Contact Coach Mike or call 347 559 0767.

 
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Way of the Sword

Mission Statement:

To foster skills for honorable living by Way of the Sword

Philosophy

Thinking Through Fencing: We build student confidence and empower children to make good decisions not only in sport, but in life.  Our focus is to develop good citizens by reinforcing common core values, to develop strong character, and to create a sense of belonging where it is safe to discover, express oneself, and succeed.

Core (F.A.C.T) Principles

Forgiveness - Making the choice to forgive and forget.

Accountability - Being responsible for your own behavior

Contribution - Contributing in your own unique way

Trust -  Trusting in people

Culture

When you are “home,” it just feels right.  A good place to grow in character and the sport of fencing should be no different.  You look forward to going there, and you are eager to return after you leave.  It is never the decor that keeps you coming back;  it is the people.  A culture of inclusiveness, caring, and sharing promotes good citizenship and community.  I aim to create opportunities for kids to interact as much as parents to make new friends and support each other beyond the Sword.  I believe in positive reinforcement and allowing athletes to discover for themselves the importance of wanting to succeed.

  

Fencing serves the community by: 

  • offering a curriculum with emphasis on building social skills and character education pieces 
  • enabling an active lifestyle for those not interested in traditional sports
  • enhancing community engagement (making new friends)
  • providing opportunity for socialization amongst different peer groups
  • differentiating college-bound kids on their entrance applications
  • being committed to a long-term program with a clear path forward 
  • enabling choice in learning approaches
  • mentoring youths for leadership 

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