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Program Overview

From novice to NCAA

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Proud Member of Team USA

Way of the Sword is a sanctioned Team U.S.A Fencing Club that adheres to all USFA policies and procedures. All our coaches are Safe Sport certified.  As a sanctioned club WAY is authorized to host official divisional and regional tournaments.

All fencers must become members of the USFA within 7 days of joining.  This is a critical insurance mandate. Join today for as low as $10 a year and let's start crossing swords!

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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.

Rest assured our number one priority is safety at all times. Every coach is background checked and safe sport certified.

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Our program teaches self-control, and how to be virtuous

We weave our core values of honesty, humility, integrity, and trust in every moment. Through hard work, overcoming challenges, and raw perseverance can we forge not only great competitive fencers but equally great citizens.

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Foil, sabre, epee options

WAY is a three weapon club with coaches specializing in foil, sabre, and epee.  Not sure which one is right for you? We will help you explore, discover, and decide as you progress in our program. As the saying goes "The weapon chooses you." Regardless of which sword you eventually draw they all serve in their own unique WAY as "life lessons" for order, perseverance, self-control, decision making, and personal discipline.

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Scheduling

We know balance is critical for student-athletes but, in addition, it has to work for parents logistically. Training at WAY is available 7 days a week starting as early as 12 noon to 8:30 pm.

In brief:

Monday: Level 1 or 2 fencing and  private lessons

Tuesday: Private lessons

Wednesday Level 1 fencing, open fencing, and private lessons

Thursday: Unicorn girls level 1 fencing

Friday: Level 1 or 2 fencing and  private lessons

Saturday: Level 1 or 2 fencing and  private lessons

Sunday: Level 2 fencing and private lessons

 

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Chess before and after every class

Fencing is a game of "physical chess." We want parents to plan an extra 30 minutes before or after class to allow games of chess to be played.  If you do not know how to play we'll teach you informally or formally at chess class. Chess is the ideal game for improving at fencing as it teaches tactics, and strategy along with critical thinking, good decision making and the value of "practice makes possible."

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The WAY to measure success?

WAY is driven by a quest for holistic athlete development, making better people while also making better athletes.  These desired athlete outcomes generally fit into four areas by which we measure success when developing an athlete:

1. Competence: sport-specific technical, tactical and performance skills; improved health and fitness; and healthy training habits. We track point results as a measure of a students capability of applying technical skills under duress (competition).
2. Confidence: self-belief, resilience, mental toughness and sense of positive self-worth are the cornerstones of this program.
3. Connection: positive bonds and social relationships with people inside and outside of sport makes WAY a unique inclusive club.
4. Character: respect for the sport, teachers, and parents, ethical and morally responsible behavior at all times.

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The greater your personal aspirations and goals are, the greater the level of commitment you can expect to make.

WAY recommends adhering to our S.T.A.R. Methodology and repeating this process as often as possible.

Study with a coach 1:1

Train and practice

Apply and be measured

Repeat the process

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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.  With our convenient online system, you are in control of booking, canceling and changing dates at your convenience. Of course, if you prefer we can also set up a  or let recurring "standing reservation" for you.

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When the time is right for your fencer we have tournaments suited for their level from novice to nationals.  When you compete you emerge stronger, smarter, and better prepared for your next bout through the continuous application of your craft. We host weekly tournaments at WAY 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.

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Getting started

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 process that supports not only the student but equally parents.

Start with a free trial class or jump right in and purchase a lesson pass which will allow you to mix and match both private and or group lessons for the same price.

Group classes are offered at two levels:

Level 1 is ideal for new students ages 7 to 11/12. We offer mixed and girls-only classes.

Level 2 is ideal for ages 12+ and younger students with previous experience.

We would love to hear from you.

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