From novice to NCAA
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.
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. Start with one or two days a week and grow from there.
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 process that supports not only the student but also the parents. Get your start by attending a camp day, taking a private lesson, or simply stopping by to take a tour and see our program in action. We are open to the public daily.
Group Class Scheduling
We know balance is critical for student-athletes but, in addition, it has to work for parents logistically. Our program is available 7 days a week for different ages and level of commitment. Typically fencers start out with one or two days a week and grow from there. Slow and steady...you know your child best and we can help customize a transition plan that is right for them to feel comfortable and supported.
Fencing teaches self-control, discipline, good decision making
In addition, we weave our core values of honesty, humility, integrity, and trust in every moment. As an Olympic sport since the first modern Olympics in 1896, we feel it is our duty to carry on the long tradition and pass on the knowledge from generation to generation.
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."
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, ethical and morally responsible behavior, integrity and empathy are embedded into everything we teach and do at WAY.
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. Book a lesson online at your convenience or let us set up a recurring "standing reservation" for you.
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. Regardless of which form you eventually choose they all serve in their own unique WAY as a metaphor for order, self-control, decision making, and personal discipline. See our schedule for all three weapons.
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.