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Teams (foil, sabre, epee)

Weapon Overview

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.
 
Not sure what weapon form is right for you? We have found more often than not that the weapon chooses the student, not the reverse. We recommend newer students take a little time to explore and discover before deciding on a specific form to specialize in. We are happy to provide the equipment, instruction and playing field to start your journey off right.

Take a glimpse into what we do...

Join a Team

We have both men's and women's teams from ages 7 to 70.

  • Women's foil and sabre teams
  • Men's foil, sabre and epee teams
  • Adult mixed foil, epee teams

 

Team Practice

Teams practice together but compete separately by USFA age classification.

Every team group practice consists of a balanced approach with team building activities, conditioning, technical/tactical skills, and tournament practice bouting.

Monday through Friday 5 to 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4 

Foil/Epee concentration days are Mon, Wed. Sat and Sun.

Sabre concentration days are Tue, Thu., Sat &Sun.

Team practices are designed to improve your results on the fencing strip in USFA sanctioned local, regional and national events. Parents know their child best and can choose team practice duration and regularity per week based on age and level of commitment to the sport. Start small and grow by WAY of the Sword.

Measurable Results

Competitors should adhere to our STAR Methodology consistently to accelerate their outcomes as we drive 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
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

Tournaments

Tournaments, as nerve-racking as they can be, are critical for applying what we have learned but equally serves as a barometer for coaches to help students improve. Further, tournament results are necessary for advancement in ranking and point standings. The better you do the more access you will have to greater competitors and opportunity.

Local>Regional>National>International  (Note NCAA fencing is concurrent to this)

How often should I compete? Once a month is a good goal but serious competitors are going to two or more per month. Ahem..did I mention this is an Olympic sport with the highest recruitment rate by colleges?

Foot work drills

Requirments

  • Coaches approval is required to join a team.  Younger kids tend to first start with fundamental classes and graduate up but older kids 11+ historically skip fundamentals and jump right into team practice because that is where most of their peer group can be found.
  • Some electrical fencing equipment is required within 3 months of joining a team as we use it in every team practice. Until then we provide what you need.
  • Compete in tournaments appropriate to your age and skill level.
  • USFA membership is required for insurance purposes.

 

Our Fitness Facility & Professional Trainers by Results Fitness

Training in group classes serves to teach and reinforce instruction, improve students' agility, promotes fitness, and teaches students to be autonomous fencers. We instill the love of training in our students by making it enjoyable and rewarding as opposed to punitive. It takes years to develop an athlete and we know our role in teaching students to honor themselves through self-care and self-advocacy. By instilling the value of hard work and self-respect, we not only improve students' performance on the strip but equally their behavior for life.

This conditioning program is offered on Monday & Wednesday 5:30 to 6

Saturday 12 to 12:30

Discounts for parent personal training as well.

Youth High-Intensity Interval Training by Results Fitness example. 10 minutes out of 30 shown.

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