Our Method — Positive Development
Jay and Chris are products of the American Tradition. In stark contrast to (unfortunately) accepted standards of abusive coaching in modern competitive sports, we are trained from the ground-up in positive coaching that facilitates and enhances the development and growth of our athletes. We always keep in perspective the long-term goals of everyone we work with. To us, that means our responsibilities and effects of our years spent with the fencers have ramifications that go well beyond our obviously shared endeavor — fencing.
The philosophy and resources behind developing Chris and Jay as professional coaches was derived from the need for filling the void in the next generation of fencing education in the United States. Fencing is a sport that requires a sustained, focused training that requires a long-term plan to reach the level of competitive excellence. Through the stages of talent identification, general development, sport specific skill mastery, and competitive performance, coaches, athletes and families talk in units of years, quadrennials — and, among coaches, decades!
Sustaining that requires tremendous amount of perseverance, support and soul searching for all involved.
Both Jay and Chris were trained to retain the qualities of remaining young, dynamic, and ethically driven. They find roots of their shared vision as educators at the US Fencing Coaches College at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. We are proud to say that our coaches have been blessed with a vast amount of support and guidance from great mentors in the American fencing community: Michael Marx (5 time olympian in multiple weapons), Patrick Durkan (Head sabre coach of the elite New York Athletic Club), and Wes Glon (Sabre coach of Penn State University, the premier NCAA fencing program in the nation). The list goes on, and this page is not enough! Our coaches are tied to the absolute pinnacle of American fencing. The support system for our program is unlike any other in the Bay Area.
We believe in, and practice, the ideals of Positive Coaching Alliance. Every member of our coaching staff strive for a double-goal of teaching life lessons in addition to teaching how to win. We teach our athletes to honor the game, and we are immensely proud to say that our athletes, in return, contribute toward building a positive team culture.
We work hard to ensure that everything that happens in the training room and competitions retain the qualities we were taught and mentored. Fencing is a life experience for all involved — children, parents, coaches, etc. We are very happy to find ourselves on this path. Here is the most essential of all wisdom and guidance made available to us:
“Perseverance is a twin sister of Excellence. The former is a matter of quality. The latter, a matter of time.”