This program is designed for students who have never fenced before. Students will be introduced to the sport of fencing--they will learn history of fencing, etiquette, basic footwork and blade work techniques, and the rules of the game. A typical class structure will include warm up activities, developmental games, footwork, drills with a partner, and sparring. All equipment is provided by SVF. Please wear workout clothes with long pants (such as sweat pants) and athletic shoes.
The Introductory Class consists of three 55 minute classes held once a week for three consecutive weeks. At the end of the program, the students will have a very clear understanding of what fencing is all about. They should be able to perform basic positions and movements such as: first position, on guard, advance, retreat, and lunge. They should also be able to explain and demonstrate basic attacking and defensive techniques.
Beginners/Fencing Fundamentals Class:
The Beginners' Fundamentals class is an ongoing program for students with very little fencing experience. This class is mandatory for new fencers enrolling in an SVF program after the Introductory Class.
In this class, students continue to work on basic fencing techniques while being introduced to new skills and techniques. The students improve their form, technique and understanding of the game of fencing through footwork exercises, partner drills and fencing with each other. Private lessons are offered and recommended at this level. Typical class structure will include warm up activities, footwork, partner drills, and bouting. Each individual class is 55 minutes long.
At this level, all fencing equipment is provided by SVF. Please wear workout clothes with long pants (such as sweat pants) and athletic shoes. Students may choose to enroll in the Beginners' Fundamentals class for either one or two classes per week.
Intermediate Fencers' Program:
The Intermediate program is an ongoing program for fencers who wish to further improve their skills. Fencers may typically enter the Intermediate program after 3-6 months in the Beginners/Fundamentals class (exceptions can be made at the coach's discretion).
Intermediate-level students continue working on their fencing fundamentals while being introduced to more advanced skills, techniques and tactics. Each individual class is 90 minutes long, with two to three classes per week. Typical class structure will include warm up activities, footwork, partner drills, and bouting. Fencers at the intermediate level may choose to attend local competitions. 1-2 private lessons per week are recommended, especially if a fencer wants to compete.
At this level, students begin to use electrical scoring equipment and are required to purchase their own individual gear. Required equipment includes an electric foil, body cord and a lame.
Advanced Competitive Fencers' Program (Travel Team):
The Advanced Competitive program is tailored for the serious competitive fencer seeking to compete at the National and International level. Fencers may join the Advanced Competitive program after a minimum of 3-12 months at the Intermediate level (exceptions can be made at the coach's discretion).
The Advanced Competitive program offers longer practice hours and more practice days (up to four days weekly). 2-4 private lessons per week are strongly recommended for fencers at this level. The Advanced Competitive program includes footwork, conditioning, tactical and technical exercises, as well as individual yearly training plans to set and meet competitive goals.
At this level, fencers should have their own equipment that is suited to competition.
Private lessons are periods of one-on-one instruction with an SVF coach. Each lesson improves an individual fencer's technique and tactics, and is tailored to suit a fencer's unique style and physical characteristics. Private lessons are extremely important to a fencer's development, especially for competitive athletes. Each lesson is 20 minutes long.
Private lessons are only available to members of SVF.