Individual Training

 

 

Course Offerings

 

 

     

 

Class Notes

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 - 2017-2018 Season (Sessions 1-6)



Monday

2:00 PM-3:45 PM     Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

4:00 PM-5:00 PM     Fencing for Children (Ages 7-9)

5:15 PM-6:15 PM     Intro to Fencing Youth (10-13)
6:30 PM-7:30 PM     Intro to Fencing Teen/Adult (14+)

7:30 PM-9:30 PM     Open Fencing

7:45 PM-9:00 PM     Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

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

6:00 PM-7:15 PM    Intermediate Foil  Teen/Adult (14+)
6:00 PM-8:00 PM    Advanced Foil  Teen/Adult (14+)

6:00 PM-7:15 PM    Epée I All Ages

6:00 PM-8:00 PM    Epée II All Ages
7:30 PM-9:30 PM    Open Fencing

Wednesday
2:00 PM-3:00 PM    Fencing for Homeschoolers (Ages 7-14)

3:15 PM-5:00 PM    Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

5:15 PM-6:30 PM    Novice Foil  Youth (10-13)
6:45 PM-8:00 PM    Novice Foil  Teen/Adult (14+)

7:30 PM-9:30 PM    Open Fencing

Thursday
2:00 PM-3:00 PM    Fencing for Homeschoolers (Ages 7-14)

3:15 PM-5:45 PM    Individual Lessons (Sabre & Foil) - BOOK

6:00 PM-7:15 PM    Sabre  All Ages

7:30 PM-9:30 PM    Open Fencing

 

Coming Soon - Thursday

6:00 PM-8:00 PM     Competitive Training  Teen/Adult (14+)



  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

 

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, 7:30-9:30 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 Fencing for Children  (Ages 7 - 9 Years)

Day & Time: Mondays 4:00 -5:00 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Membership Fee: (Free for Intro Students)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

1 hour sessions are designed to introduce the young beginner to the basics of fencing.

Short class periods (60 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.

 

Continuing instruction for this age group will establish the common foundations of all three weapons (Foil, Epee, and Sabre) through the study of the Foil.



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  Intro to Fencing  Youth (10 - 13 Years)

Day & Time: Mondays 5:15-6:15 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Membership Fee: (Free for Intro Students)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

1 hour sessions designed to introduce the adolescent 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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  Intro to Fencing  Teen/Adult (14+)

Day & Time: Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Membership Fee: (Free for Intro Students)
Prerequisites: None
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required

1 hour sessions designed 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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  Novice Foil   Youth (10 - 13 Years)

Day & Time: Wednesdays 5:15-6:30 PM (7 classes/session)

Class Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)

Membership Fee: $30 per month (50% discount)

Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing unless otherwise approved by Coach
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


This class follows the Intro to Fencing class, and establishes the foundations of fencing, common to all three weapons (Foil, Epee, and Sabre) through the study of the Foil.

 

Comprehensive instruction begins with the development of fundamental footwork and blade actions. Areas of instruction include the en guarde position, moving on the fencing strip, simple attacks and parries, and an introduction to the basic rules of the game.

 

This program familiarizes the student with the experience of the fencing bout, introduces simple skills and strategies, and cultivates progressively more athletic actions. At this stage, the focus is on developing good habits and body mechanics. The student will begin to develop confidence and a sense of purpose on the fencing strip.

 

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 ends 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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  Novice Foil   Teen/Adult (14+ Years)

Day & Time: Wednesdays 6:45-8:00 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $160 per 7 week session (1 class/week)

Membership Fee: $30 per month (50% discount)

Prerequisites: Intro to Fencing unless otherwise approved by Coach
Gear Rental: Included in the course fee
USFA Membership ($10/year) required


This class follows the Intro to Fencing class, and establishes the foundations of fencing, common to all three weapons (Foil, Epee, and Sabre) through the study of the Foil.

 

Comprehensive instruction begins with the development of fundamental footwork and blade actions. Areas of instruction include the en guarde position, moving on the fencing strip, simple attacks and parries, and an introduction to the basic rules of the game.

 

This program familiarizes the student with the experience of the fencing bout, introduces simple skills and strategies, and cultivates progressively more athletic actions. At this stage, the focus is on developing good habits and body mechanics. The student will begin to develop confidence and a sense of purpose on the fencing strip.

 

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 ends 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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  Intermediate Foil   Teen/Adult (14+)

Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:00-7:15 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $30 per month (50% discount)

Prerequisites: Novice Foil, 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 Competitive ($75/year) recommended;

                                   Non-Competitive ($10/year) required



This class builds on the foundation of the Novice Foil 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 increased confidence and will be assisted in evaluating his/her own performance.

 

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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  Advanced Foil  Teen/Adult (14+)

Day & Time:Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $60 per month

Prerequisites: Intermediate Foil, 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 Competitive Membership ($75/year) required


This class builds on the foundation established in the Intermediate Foil course to round-out the students understanding of the essential concepts and techniques of Foil Fencing, and to cultivate proficiency in their application.

 

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 Fencing. 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 I - Theory & Technique  All Ages

Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:15 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
for CFC members

Membership Fee: $30 per month (50% discount)
Prerequisites: Novice Foil
(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 Competitive ($75/year) recommended;

                                   Non-Competitive ($10/year) required

 


Epée I - Theory & Technique builds on the foundation of the Introduction to Fencing and Novice Foil 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 Intermediate Foil, 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 II - 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 II - Tactics & Training  All Ages

Day & Time: Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $200 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
for CFC members

Membership Fee: $60 per month
Prerequisites: Epée I
(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 Competitive Membership ($75/year) required


Epée II - Tactics & Training builds on the foundation established by the Epée I 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 II 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 II 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 Fencing  All Ages

Day & Time: Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $180 per 7 week session (1 class/week) for CFC members

Membership Fee: $30 per month
Prerequisites: Novice Foil

(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 Competitive ($75/year) recommended;

                                   Non-Competitive ($10/year) required



The Saber class builds on the foundation of the Introduction to Fencing and Novice Foil courses. It provides the point of entry to a more advanced phase in which students progress from the novice to the intermediate level. More 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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  Competitive Training Program - Not Offered Session 1

Day & Time: Thursdays 6:00-8:00 PM (7 classes/session)
Class Fee: $250 per 7 week session (1 class/week)
Membership Fee: $60 per month

Prerequisites:  Invitation by Instructors
Gear Rental: Students must OWN all competitive fencing gear
USFA Competitive Membership ($75/year) required

This class is the centerpiece of a comprehensive program that aims to nurture and develop the fencing athlete. Here the emphasis is placed on bringing together all that has been learned and refining it further. This class is designed to acclimate the student to the rigors of competitive fencing and prepare them for success on the highest level. The student will learn to handle both the physical and the psychological challenges of direct competition.

The emphasis is simply competition - whether fencing Foil, Epee or Sabre.  Students are expected to participate in regular competition - at the local, regional or National level. Therefore, time will be devoted to identifying for each Competition Group member, those competitive events for which he/she is best qualified. This will include implementing goal-setting , mental skills preparation and conditioning cycle planning so each member is equipped to perform at his or her peak level.

Students will learn to plan all facets of travel competition; and when applicable, travel arrangements, coaching at events, lodging and all details of travel will be coordinated as a group.

Students will be expected to approach competition from a learning perspective, and as developing athletes, be prepared to evaluate their own performance, and share with other group members their competition experience - both obstacles and triumphs.

Regular sessions set aside for such topics as:
-Sports Psychology/Competitive Mental Skills Training
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Competition Tactics and Strategy
-Stretching, Conditioning and Injury Avoidance
-Electronic Weapon Maintenance and Repair
-Timing, Scoring and Officiating

Monthly in-class seminars will address athlete health topics such as nutrition, hydration, cross-training and high-level competition fitness.


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  Fencing for Homeschoolers Program

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

1-hour sessions introduce students to the basics of fencing
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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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