From novice to NCAA
Proud Member of Team USA
Way of the Sword is a sanctioned U.S. Fencing Club that adheres to Team USA's policies and procedures. All U.S. fencers are categorized as either non-competitive (beginners or recreational fencers) or competitive level members (those seeking to compete in sanctioned tournaments). Membership in the USFA is required in order to fence at Way of the Sword. Join the USFA today.
Fencing and Priorities
We believe in prioritizing family and school first, with fencing a close third. The fact is that even if your child makes it to the Olympics, he/she will still ultimately seek a career in the workforce.
As we take this journey together, we will support your child, novice to NCAA, in striking a healthy balance between home, school, and sport.
The WAY to measure success?
WAY is committed to cultivating athletes who are winners on and off the strip. When developing an athlete, we measure success by the 4 C's:
1. Competence: sport-specific technical, tactical and performance skills; improved health and fitness; and healthy training habits
2. Confidence: self-belief, resilience, mental toughness and sense of positive self-worth
3. Connection: positive bonds and social relationships with people inside and outside of sport
4. Character: respect for the sport, ethical and morally responsible behavior, integrity and empathy
Total integrity in everything we do and teach
We weave our core values of honesty, humility, integrity, and trust into every moment.
I'm new to this.
It's perfectly natural to feel some trepidation at the thought of crossing swords with another person. We understand, which is why we have a thoughtfully tailored onboarding process that supports not only the student but also the parents. Set up an appointment to come meet with us and experience a week of free class to get a feel for our program.
USFA Sanctioned Fencing
Choose your Weapon
Choose your weapon
There are three weapon forms in the Olympic sport of fencing. The modern foil, sabre, and epee each serve in their own unique way as a metaphor for order, self-control, creativity, and personal discipline. Each weapon has a specific set of rules that govern the fencer and require him to engage in purposeful and logical tactics to defeat his opponent. When an athlete is serious about competitive fencing he/she will only specialize in one form.
Sabre: Blade of speed
Foil: Blade of precision
Epee: Blade of patience
We will help you explore, discover, and decide which blade is right for you. For experienced fencers, already specializing, we have USFA competitive classes, private lessons, and tournaments at the ready.
We know balance is critical for student-athletes but, in addition, it has to work for parents logistically. Our team program is designed to allow students to come for convenient portions of time...never stress overcoming late or leaving early again.
Don't let logistics keep you from this rewarding and enriching experience. We offer one day to unlimited plans to meet you where you're at. Speak with us and we'll work together to find the right balance.
We believe in the value of teaching the art and science of fencing through 1 on 1 private instruction. Our curriculum focuses on the fundamentals first but is progressive and always challenges the student where they are. We teach the theoretical, technical, and tactical skills proven to get results in today's contemporary competitive environment while making it an enjoyable and engaging experience. Through continuous 1 on 1 learning, students master the nuances of the sport, feel supported, and build confidence which results in greater retention and results.
By appointment only. Book it!
$50 for 1 or $400 for 10.
Professional Conditioning by Results Fitness Gym
Located just next door, Results Fitness trainers condition our fencers three days a week. These optional training classes serve to reinforce instruction, improve students' agility, promote fitness, and support students in becoming autonomous fencers. By instilling the value of hard work and self-respect, we not only improve students' performance on the strip but equally their behavior for everyday living.
Emerge stronger, smarter, and better prepared for your next bout through the continuous application of your craft. We host monthly "home games" for fencers to apply what they've learned in a formal setting. We also attend "away games" as fencers improve their skill and branch out both locally and nationally across all age classifications.
Q - When is the best time to come in and visit?
A - Anytime, we are open. Drop us a line or email to let us know when to expect you. Take a tour and see the program in action or join us for a free class.
Q - How will fencing make a difference in my child?
A - Think 4 C's. Competence, confidence, connection, and character development (with the 5th C, college, as a huge added value...fencing will set your child apart from other candidates when applying to college down the road.)
Q - Is it safe?
A - Yes. In fact, there are fewer injuries in fencing than badminton
Q - Do I have to purchase equipment to start?
A - We have over 100 uniforms on site here to start, but within three months of taking the sport seriously we ask you to purchase some equipment. In particular, team members will need their own electrical uniform to begin fencing with our Olympic scoring machines.
Q - How much does equipment cost?
A - You can be on full electrical scoring for under $200. White uniforms still under $200
Q - Where do you buy equipment?
A - There are many outfitters online but we also provide a free service and can order what you need when the time is right.
Q - What is the difference between Fundamentals and Team fencing programs?
A - Fundamentals is our beginners, noncompetitive, program designed for younger kids ages 6 to 10/11. Team programs are competitive and train students to be prepared for the rigors of USFA competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. All students age 12+ are welcome to join a team whereas younger kids must seek coaches approval before being allowed to attend team practices.
Q - Is fencing good for college recruitment?
A - Yes. Women fencers have the highest rate of recruitment over every other sport. Men take a close second behind rowing. A scholarship is awarded on many factors and when the time comes we will work with you to find and help place you in the right school.
Q - Why is your flooring made of aluminum?
A - We are a professional fencing club built to Olympic grade. This is the same flooring they use in the Olympics as it is the best way to conduct grounding of the electrical scoring equipment (a critical technology to determine where you hit your target). We boast nine Olympic 18-meter strips, the largest and most sophisticated club in CT. Without getting too technical, suffice it to say, if you are fencing without this equipment you are at a huge competitive disadvantage.