Class Offerings

 

 

Concord Fencing Club  offers instruction in all three fencing weapons; Foil, Epée, and Sabre. We are pleased to provide options for all ages and all levels of experience, from beginners to international competitors.


 


Class Schedule - Regular Season (Sessions 1-6)



Monday

2:00 PM-5:30 PM     Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

5:45 PM-7:00 PM     Introduction to Foil 7 - 13 Years
7:15 PM-8:30 PM     Introduction to Foil 14 Years - Adult

7:00 PM-9:30 PM     Open Fencing

Tuesday
6:00 PM-8:30 PM     Individual Lessons (Epee & Foil)

5:45 PM-7:00 PM     Foil 1  7 - 13 Years
7:15 PM-8:30 PM     Foil 1  14 Years - Adult

7:00 PM-9:30 PM     Open Fencing

Wednesday
2:00 PM-5:30 PM    Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

6:00 PM-8:30 PM    Individual Lessons (Epee & Foil)

5:45 PM-7:00 PM    Foil 2  7 - 13 Years
7:15 PM-8:30 PM    Foil 2  14 Years - Adult
5:45 PM-7:00 PM    Epée 1
All ages

7:15 PM-8:30 PM    Epée 2 All ages

7:00 PM-9:30 PM    Open Fencing

Thursday
2:00 PM-3:00 PM     Fencing for Homeschoolers Program

3:00 PM-5:30 PM     Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

6:30 PM-7:45 PM     Sabre 1  All ages

7:00 PM-9:30 PM     Open Fencing


  Individual Lessons

Day & Time: To be arranged with instructor
Fee: $25 per lesson
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the lesson fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

If you or your child are interested in private lessons, please contact instructors for available dates and times:

 

Shawn Brooks:

Competitive Epée and Foil

Edmundo Martinez:

Sabre and Foil

Jim Leland:

Epée

Andrew Ntapalis:

Epée and Foil

 

We strongly recommend that those receiving Individual Lessons also come in for at least one night of Open Fencing per week. This will allow the student to apply what he or she may currently be working on during the Individual Lesson.

Individual Lessons cost $25 each. An Individual Lesson Punch Card may be purchased for $200. There are 10 lessons on the Punch Card; this saves you $50. There is no expiration date on the card and it may be shared with other fencers in your family.


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Open Fencing

Dates & Times: Monday - Thursday, 7-9:30 PM - during regular 7-week sessions
Fee: Free for CFC members; $15 per evening for guests
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Free for CFC members; additional fee for others
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

Concord Fencing Club is open for electronic bouting, footwork, or whatever sort of fencing workout you have in mind, on Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00-10:00PM during our regular 7-week sessions.

Open Fencing privileges are a benefit of CFC membership. For non-members, the Open Fencing fee is $15 per evening - or you can purchase a 10 visit punch card for $100. There is no expiration date on the card and it may be shared with other fencers in your family.

CFC students may use club equipment at no additional cost.


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Course Descriptions Introduction to Foil  7 - 13 Years

Day & Time: Mondays 5:45-7:00 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

Seven 1-1/4 hour sessions tailor-made to introduce the young beginner to the basics of fencing.

Short class periods (75 minutes) and one meeting per week allow both the very motivated youngster and the "just curious" to get an introduction that is non-threatening and comprehensive.  Boys and girls work together in a small class that fosters respect, good conditioning, coordination and fun for all.

Areas of instruction cover the key elements of safety, good sportsmanship, proper use of equipment, rules and the rudiments of offense and defense.

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  Introduction to Foil  14 Years - Adult

Day & Time: Mondays 7:15-8:30 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

Seven 1-1/4 hour sessions tailor-made to introduce the adult beginner to the
basics of fencing.

Short class periods (75 minutes) and one meeting per week allow both the very motivated and the "just curious" to get an introduction that is non-threatening and comprehensive.  Men and women work together in a small class that fosters respect, good conditioning, coordination and fun for all.

Areas of instruction cover the key elements of safety, good sportsmanship, proper use of equipment, rules and the rudiments of offense and defense.

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  Fencing for Homeschoolers Program

Day & Time: Thursdays 2:00 -3:00 PM (10 classes)
Fee: $250 per 10 week session (1 class/week)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10) required

Ten 1-hour sessions introduce students to the basics of fencing
.

 

This physical education program uses the sport of Olympic-style foil fencing as a vehicle to help children develop self-confidence and body awareness, physical fitness, sportsmanship, and self-discipline. Students will receive basic instruction in modern fencing, safety, proper use of equipment, rules, offense and defense. Fencing instruction is supplemented with various games and exercises. Students who show interest and ability will be encouraged to continue their development in the sport, and eventually to progress to more advanced group or individual instruction.

 

Students should bring clean sneakers, socks, loose fitting long pants, a color-fast t-shirt, and a water bottle. Young gentlemen must wear an athletic-cup and supporter.


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  Foil 1   7 - 13 Years

Day & Time: Tuesdays 5:45-7:00 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $30 per month

Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing unless otherwise approved by Coach
Gear Rental: Students must purchase their own GLOVE and FOIL. Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


This class builds on the basics of the Introduction to Foil Fencing class.

 

Comprehensive instruction continues, introducing more advanced footwork and actions. Areas of instruction cover conditioning, improvement of motor skills and an introduction to the rules and scorekeeping.

 

This program is more intensive and begins to introduce more complex skills and strategies. At this stage, the fencer is more committed to developing his or her skills. He or she will begin to develop confidence and will be assisted in evaluating his/her own performance.

 

While developing a solid foundation for recreational fencing is the focus of this class, some students, upon evaluation and approval, may begin to bout based on their progress and interest.

 

This session end with an introduction to the Saber and the Epée designed for the student who may wish to make the transition into those weapons.

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  Foil 1  14 Years - Adult

Day & Time: Tuesdays 7:15-8:30 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $30 per month

Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing unless otherwise approved by Coach
Gear Rental: Students must purchase their own GLOVE and FOIL. Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


This class builds on the basics of the Introduction to Foil Fencing class.

 

Comprehensive instruction continues, introducing more advanced footwork and actions. Areas of instruction cover conditioning, improvement of motor skills and an introduction to the rules and scorekeeping.

 

This program is more intensive and begins to introduce more complex skills and strategies. At this stage, the fencer is more committed to developing his or her skills. He or she will begin to develop confidence and will be assisted in evaluating his/her own performance.

 

While developing a solid foundation for recreational fencing is the focus of this class, some students, upon evaluation and approval, may begin to bout based on their progress and interest.

 

This session end with an introduction to the Saber and the Epée designed for the student who may wish to make the transition into those weapons.

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  Foil 2  7 - 13 Years

Day & Time: Wednesdays 5:45-7:00 PM (7 classes)
Class Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $60 per month

Prerequisites: Intro to Foil, Foil 1, and approval by Coach
Gear Rental: Students must purchase their own MASK, GLOVE and FOIL. Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


Foil 2 class builds on the basics of Introduction to Foil Fencing and Foil 1 classes.

 

Comprehensive instruction continues, introducing even more advanced footwork and more complex actions. Areas of instruction cover conditioning, improvement of motor skills, and an introduction to directing bouts.

 

This Program is for students who wish to make the transition into a more advanced level of Foil. Emphasis will be on fencing technique, physical conditioning, and the rules of fencing to prepare for moderate level competition.

 

Students at this level are ready for Individual Lessons. These are an important component in becoming a more advanced foil fencer. The Coaches strongly recommend that students at this level take advantage of the opportunity for Open Fencing, which is included in their membership fee($15/wk, value).

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  Foil 2  14 Years - Adult

Day & Time: Wednesdays 7:15-8:30 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membersip Fee: $60 per month

Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing, Foil 1, and approval by Coach
Gear Rental: Students must purchase their own MASK, GLOVE and FOIL. Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


Foil 2 class builds on the basics of Introduction to Foil Fencing and Foil 1 classes.

 

Comprehensive instruction continues, introducing even more advanced footwork and more complex actions. Areas of instruction cover conditioning, improvement of motor skills, and an introduction to directing bouts.

 

This Program is for students who wish to make the transition into a more advanced level of Foil. Emphasis will be on fencing technique, physical conditioning, and the rules of fencing to prepare for moderate level competition.

 

Students at this level are ready for Individual Lessons. These are an important component in becoming a more advanced foil fencer.The Coaches strongly recommend that students at this level take advantage of the opportunity for Open Fencing, which is included in their membership fee($15/wk, value).


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  Epée 1 - Theory & Technique  All Ages

Day & Time: Wednesdays 5:45 - 7:00 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
for CFC members

Membersip Fee: $30 per month
Prerequisites: Foil 1
(unless otherwise approved by the Instructors.)
Gear Rental: Students are expected to bring their own MASK and GLOVE . Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


Epée 1 - Theory & Technique builds on the foundation of the Introduction to Fencing and Foil 1 courses.

 

This course presents skills and concepts specific to the Epée, as well as reinforcing general principles of fencing. The student will become familiar with the essential differences between Epée and Foil in terms of equipment, rules, and basic tactics. Areas of instruction include practice in the fundamental elements of footwork and blade-work, general improvement of motor skills, recognizing and identifying the varieties of fencing actions, and an introduction to directing and scorekeeping. Emphasis is placed upon correct technical execution of fundamental actions through focused drills and exercises. New students are challenged to achieve technical competence in each fundamental skill; more advanced students are encouraged to continuously refine their technique, in order to enhance their competitive performance.

 

Time for bouting is provided toward the end of most classes.

 

Like Foil 1, this program is relatively intensive, and begins to introduce more complex skills and strategies. At this stage, the fencer is more committed to developing his or her skills. He or she will begin to develop confidence and will be assisted in evaluating his/her own performance. A student new to Epée will typically follow the Theory & Technique course for a full season. Individual progress is monitored through periodic practical examinations. When the student has demonstrated competence in footwork and blade-work fundamentals, he or she may be encouraged to proceed to Epée 2 - Tactics & Training.

 

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Open Fencing sessions, which are included in their club membership fee. While the focus of this class is developing a solid foundation for recreational fencing, some students, upon evaluation and approval, may also begin to compete in local tournaments.

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  Epée 2 - Tactics & Training  All Ages

Day & Time: Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:30 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
for CFC members

Membersip Fee: $60 per month
Prerequisites: Epée 1
(unless otherwise approved by the Instructors.)
Gear Rental: Students are expected to bring their own MASK and GLOVE, and to purchase their own Epée. Other uniform/weapon components required for class are included in the course fee.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


Epée 2 - Tactics & Training builds on the foundation established by the Epée 1 course.

 

This course continues comprehensive Epée instruction with the introduction of competitive strategy and tactics, as well as the more advanced weapon skills and physical conditioning necessary to support them. Areas of instruction include applications and countermeasures for various fencing actions, the progression of the “Tactical Wheel,” and psychological tactics. Emphasis is placed on preparation for USFA competition through intensive footwork drills, competitive games, and problem-solving exercises. Students are challenged to demonstrate their mastery of fencing skills and concepts through dynamic applications in bouting situations, and encouraged to pursue specific competitive goals.

 

This program is technically and physically intensive. The fencer will develop more confidence and will be assisted in evaluating his/her performance. At this time students should be competing in USFA tournaments. A student new to Epée 2 - Tactics & Training will typically follow the course for a full season.

 

The instructors expect that students will take advantage of the Open Fencing sessions which are included in their club membership fee. Epée 2 students are also strongly encouraged to compete regularly in local tournaments.

 

Fencers at this level are ready to consider Individual Lessons. These are an important component in continuing development as an Epée fencer.

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  Sabre 1  All Ages

Day & Time: Thursdays 6:30 - 7:45 PM (7 classes)
Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membersip Fee: $30 per month
Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing and Foil 1

(unless otherwise approved by the Instructors.)
Gear Rental: For students new to Sabre, uniform/weapon components required for class will be provided. Returning Sabre students will be asked to purchase their own GLOVE and Sabre. Please consult the instructor concerning the purchase of additional equipment.
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


The Saber 1 class builds on the foundation of the Introduction to Fencing and Foil 1 courses. It provides the point of entry to a more advanced phase in which students progress from an introductory phase to an intermediate phase, while advanced students share responsibility for the instruction and guidance of less experienced fencers as part of their own continued development.

 

This class is designed for the student who wishes to make the transition into Saber. Areas of instruction include practice in the fundamental elements of footwork and blade-work, general improvement of motor skills, recognizing and identifying the varieties of fencing actions, and an introduction to the rules of Sabre fencing. Emphasis is placed upon correct technical execution of fundamental actions through focused drills and exercises. New students are challenged to achieve technical competence in each fundamental skill; more advanced students are encouraged to continuously refine their technique.

 

Time for bouting may be provided toward the end of some classes.

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