Classes

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Youth Beginner Classes (Introduction to Fencing):

For-All-Ages-2.jpgThis ongoing class is recommended for those that have never fenced before and are between the ages of 5 and 12. It provides a fun exposure to the sport in a safe setting. With a focus on fun fencing and games, every fencer walks away from this class with a smile on their face. Our youth classes include general fitness, footwork, bladework, bouting, hand eye coordination drills, and games. Once they graduate from this class, they are invited to join either the Youth Fundamentals or the Youth Competitive Class.

Classes are Tuesday, and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 in the afternoon, and Saturdays from 1-2pm. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encourages to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

All equipment is provided. All we ask is that you wear athletic clothes and sneakers, as well as bringing a water bottle.

Youth Fundamentals Class:

AthleticsThis is the class we recommend for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 that aren’t yet ready for the youth competitive class. With a big focus on coordination games, general fitness and athleticism, and fun, this is an ideal class for kids that have recently finished the Youth Beginner Class. This class, along with most of our classes, is ongoing. This means kids can “graduate” into the Youth Competitive classes as soon as they are ready and want to. At this early stage, we begin to introduce the core belief of the club which is that fencing is a medium to teach hard work, perseverance, good behavior, and responsibility.

The Youth Fundamentals class runs 3 times a week on Mondays and Fridays from 3:30 -4:30pm, and Saturdays from 1-2pm. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encourages to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

Youth Competitive Class:

This is the program for our young athletes once they have graduated the Youth Fundamentals class. While still focusing on fencing as a medium to learn hard work, dedication, and responsibility, this class is geared towards competition in addition to fun.

Beginner FencingA combination of fencing specific exercises and non-sport specific conditioning and coordination drills prepare athletes for the next level of competition. Most days include warm up games, conditioning, dynamic and static stretching, footwork, bladework, and bouting. Also included in this program is tactical theory, competition analysis, competition preparation, sports psychology, nutrition, and general healthy living. This is a comprehensive program that guides our athletes towards their competitive goals. The coaches work with the athletes to design competitive programs and schedules. Athletes work closely with coaches to ensure they are constantly progressing towards their goals.

All Youth Competitive classes are weekdays from 4:30 until 6pm, with recommended open bouting from 6-7pm. Fencers are free to be picked up by parents / guardians any time between 6 and 7. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encourages to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult beginner classes (Introduction to Fencing):

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This rolling admissions class will teach all the basics of fencing while making sure everyone that comes in has fun and gets a workout. Our adult beginner classes focus on using fencing as a medium for a fun dynamic workout. General fitness, coordination drills and games, footwork, blade work, and bouting are all introduced in this course.

The Adult beginner class is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00, with optional bouting following the class. No equipment is required, nor is any baseline physical fitness level required. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encouraged to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

All equipment is provided. All we ask is that you wear athletic clothes and sneakers, as well as bringing a water bottle.

Adult Intermediate Class:

Warm UpThis is the program that is designed for adults who have completed the adult beginner class, but are not yet ready for the Adult competitive classes. It is a one hour class that uses fencing to get a fun comprehensive workout including lower body, core, upper body, and endurance. Between the exercises, coordination games, bouting, and drills, the goal is to have every fencer walk away smiling but tired. No equipment is required except athletic clothes, sneakers, and a good attitude. It is for all ages above 13.

The Adult intermediate class is offered on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00, with optional bouting following the class. No equipment is required, nor is any baseline physical fitness level required. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encouraged to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

Adult Competitive Class:

NYAC CampThis is the program for all of our competitive athletes ages 13 and up. It is directly targeted to fencers who are competing at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Warm up games and exercises, coordination games, technical footwork, tactical footwork, bladework drills, bouting drills, tactical analysis, video review, nutrition, competition preparation, competition review, training cycle, and sports psychology are all covered in this comprehensive program.

The Adult Competitive Class is offered on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 7:00-8:30pm with open bouting before the class starting at 6:00pm that we strongly recommend fencers attend. Like all general membership classes, fencers are encouraged to attend as many classes per week as they wish at no additional fee.

Additionally, our nationally competitive fencers also attend individual and group practices specifically tailored for their needs on other days, as well as multiple private lessons per week.

Saturday Class

Saturday is our open training day for everyone in the club. The fundamentals class meets from 1-2pm, and the intermediate and competitive classes meet from 2-4pm with organized drills, games, bouting throughout the class. Don’t be surprised if we spontaneously break into BBQ party, or field trips to nearby museums!? Or even relocating for a team meeting at nearby ice cream shop!

Private Lessons

2013 NationalsPrivate lessons are 20 minute private sessions with one of our coaches. They are specifically tailored to what that fencer needs. Lessons are paramount for all developing fencers, and are meant to be used in combination with the group class training. Neither lessons nor group classes can supplant the value of the other.

We recommend all fencers looking to compete locally take at least 1 lesson per week, and when fencers are looking to compete regionally and nationally, they move up to at least 2 lessons per week. Those with aspirations for success at national level and beyond are strongly encouraged to take multiple lessons per week, in addition to their own personal work and class work.