(effective Sept. 6, 2016)
Tuesday:
5:30-6:30Beginner Youth Fencing* (periodic 6-week sessions)
5:30-6:30Youth Epee* (continuing)
6:30-7:00Conditioning
7:00-9:00Competitive Epee
Wednesday:
5:30-6:30 – Private Lessons**
6:30-7:00 – Footwork
7:00-8:30Competitive Epee
7:00-8:00 – 13 & up Beginner Epee*** (periodic 6-week sessions)
Thursday:
5:30-6:30Youth Epee (continuing)
6:30-7:00Conditioning
7:00-9:00Competitive Epee

Saturday: (when everyone isn’t at a tournament)
8:15-9:00 am: Conditioning
9:00-10:00 am: Competitive Epee

*Beginner Youth Fencing and Youth Epee classes run at the same time on different sides of the room.

**Talk to your coach about private lessons. While we have used Competitive Epee practice time for lessons in the past (and will probably continue to do so as needed), we are trying out a dedicated block of time in our schedule this fall to improve availability and consistency.

***13 & Up Beginner Epee and Competitive Epee classes run at the same time on different sides of the room.

For our purposes, youth are generally considered ages 12 and under because ages 13+ may fence in “open” events at tournaments.

 

Check the home page for announcements about cancellations or other changes to the schedule.

Practice Group Descriptions:

Youth Epee Practice

We hold an hour-long youth epee practice twice a week where kids learn the fundamentals of epee fencing: safety, basic actions, terminology, rules, and ideas that are important to being a smart fencer. We start with a warm-up (frequently a game) and stretching, and then we begin drills and games that introduce important skills and ideas. The practice usually ends with some open or structured bouting time. Students may attend once or twice a week as they are interested and/or able.

Pants and close-toed shoes are required; fencing pants are strongly encouraged. Club equipment may be borrowed as needed, but fencers should start purchasing their own gear as soon as possible.

We periodically run 6-week beginner youth fencing classes on Tuesday evenings. The class is similar in structure to regular youth epee practice and allows beginners to build up some basic skills before practicing with the more experienced kids.

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A young epee fencer makes a hit. Photo by Edward Bignar.

Competitive Epee Practice

Competitive epee practice is designed so that various ages and levels of fitness can participate. The goal is to prepare teenage, adult, and more serious/experienced youth fencers for age- and ability-appropriate competitions. At 7:00, we transition from conditioning to stretching and footwork. The rest of practice is spent on drills and bouting “games”, or sometimes simply open bouting. The coach may pull individuals out for one-on-one work as well. Extra attention from coaches and assistance from more experienced fencers allows beginners to become quickly integrated into the group.

Pants and close-toed shoes are required; fencing pants are strongly encouraged. Club equipment may be borrowed as needed, but fencers should acquire their own personal gear as soon as possible.

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Bouting during a weeknight practice.

Conditioning

For those in high school and older, we spend part of practice doing a variety of non-fencing-specific exercises, and the level of difficulty can be adjusted to fit individuals’ fitness levels. Having adequate strength, flexibility, and endurance helps prevent injury because we can perform fencing’s very athletic movements correctly and efficiently. You do not have to be a competitive fencer to join us, but this practice is essential for fencers who want to maximize their competitive potential but don’t cross-train outside of the club.

Wear comfortable athletic clothes and athletic shoes.

Saturday Practice

On Saturday mornings – when we aren’t all at a tournament, that is – we have two hours of fencing open to all ages. We typically start with warm-ups and footwork together and then move into drills and/or fencing, depending on the needs of the group.

Pants and close-toed shoes are required; fencing pants are strongly encouraged. Club equipment may be borrowed as needed, but fencers should acquire their own personal gear as soon as possible.

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Several RDF athletes do warm-up footwork at practice.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available to all of our members and are currently done on a somewhat informal basis. We have designated some time on Wednesday nights for lessons in order to increase availability and consistency. Talk to your coach for more information.

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Coach Kevin works with a fencer one-on-one while others bout.