draft Developmental program descriptions

Our developmental program is a progressive system of programs designed to get fencers from absolute beginner up to recreational or competitive fencer at their own pace. The programs consist of up to three elements: classes, intramural tournaments, open fencing.

Each program session runs for approximately two calendar months. (We count on seven weeks, except for the introductory program, which runs for six weeks.) 

Classes are reserved for member fencers who are signed up for one of these programs, and occasional guests invited by the coaches. Open fencing times are open to any fencers.

Please see our Calendar and Schedules pages, also.

Introductory Program

If you are new to the sport, start here!

This program assumes no prior experience or exposure to fencing, and is designed to give the new fencer an in-depth, fun, active introduction to our sport. Students may repeat the course, if desired.

This course consists of six weekly, 90-minute classes.  Each class builds on the skills developed in the previous one, so participation in all classes is expected.

Upon completion of this program, the next step is to join the instructional program!

Click here for information about our upcoming offerings and to register for them.

Instructional Program

Have some exposure to the sport, but not sure if you're ready to compete, yet? This is the program for you.

The focus of the instructional program is development of fundamental techniques, tactics, and competition skills in the sport. The program consists of three basic components, outlined below. 
  1. Instructional classes: meet once weekly and provide structured drilling, instruction, and directed sparring.
  2. In-house tournaments: We schedule 2-3 events each session. Student participation is expected.
  3. Open fencing: time for students to fence without formal instruction. Effectively, "play time." Students are encouraged to participate in a minimum of 2 hours monthly of open fencing. In-house competitions count as 1 hour toward this goal.
Typically, students will spend 6 to 18 months in this program before stepping up to the training program (which effectively just adds more opportunities to train atop this program).

Training Program

"Put me in, coach! I'm ready to play!" *

The focus of the training program is training for local, regional, or national competition. This includes, necessarily, participation in the instructional program offerings. The program components are outlined below.
  1. Instructional classes: meet once weekly and provide structured drilling, instruction, and directed sparring.
  2. Training classes: meet once weekly and consist of two parts: 
    1. a training/instructional portion that focuses on refining technical, tactical, or strategic mastery of the game; and 
    2. a footwork/conditioning portion that focuses on physical fitness aspects complementary to fencing without having to fence.
  3. In-house tournaments: We schedule 2-3 events each session. Student participation is expected.
  4. Open fencing: time for students to fence without formal instruction. Effectively, "play time." Students are expected to participate in a minimum of 4 hours of monthly fencing. In-house and external competitions count toward this goal.

From "Centerfield," by John Forgerty.