Intro Classes Run Monthly! 2017-2018 Season classes begin the week of 09/11/17!
Introductory Class - Learn to Fence!
Our Introductory Class session teaches students the basics of the sport of fencing. Students will learn a brief history of the sport, basic rules, safety practices, introductory footwork, and try out all 3 weapons the sport of fencing has to offer. By the end of the session, students will have the opportunity to deck themselves out in full competitive gear and fence against other students in bouting situations!
Introductory class sessions meet twice a week for 3 and a half weeks, for a total of 7 classes. The classes are 1 hour long, from 6pm until 7pm. The sessions are either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, depending on the month. (Sessions will alternate monthly.) Please see our calendar at the link near the top of the page to find out when the next one starts.
Cost: The cost is $125 for the 7-class session. Equipment rental is included in the cost. Students are required to wear gym clothes (shorts/sweats and sneakers) and suggested to bring a water bottle.
Squire Class - Fencing for Ages 6-9
Our Squire class continues to build the fencing knowledge of our students aged 6 to 9 years old. It is the "next step" for students in this age range, after an introductory class or camp has been taken. The classes build upon the knowledge they have already obtained, and help build their arsenal of skills for use in future competition. The classes involve physical education-based games geared toward fencing, coordination, and skill-building, instruction in footwork, and weapon-based instruction in all 3 weapons.
Classes meet Wednesdays and Fridays, from 4:30 to 5:30pm
Cost: The Squire class costs $80 per month. A full month's enrollment is 4 classes (once a week), though students have the option to take up to the full 8 classes (twice a week) at no extra charge. Classes are charged by calendar month.
Intermediate Class - Skill-Building Recreational Fencing for Ages 10+
Our Intermediate class continues to build the fencing knowledge of our students aged 10 and over. It is the "next step" for students in this age range, after an introductory class or camp has been taken. The classes build upon the knowledge they have already obtained, and help build their arsenal of skills for use in future competition. The classes involve physical education-based games geared toward fencing, coordination, and skill-building, instruction in footwork, and weapon-based instruction in all 3 weapons. Additionally, periodic "mini-tournaments" of various types are held during the classes to give students an introduction to competition. As coaches feel the students are ready, they may suggest other competitions of suitable levels for the student to participate in as well.
Intermediate classes are offered twice a week. Classes are focused on both work that is weapon-specific (focusing on weapon-related skill-building and technique) as well as more generalized 3-weapon endeavors such as those focusing on footwork, conditioning, recreational bouting strategy and situations, and the building of other skills beneficial to all 3 weapons.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00 to 8:00pm
Students are required to purchase knickers and plastron. Female students must also purchase a chest plate. Equipment can be purchased online at any vendor, or at our in-house pro-shop.
Cost: The Intermediate class cost is $80 per month if one class a week is taken, and $120 per month if both classes per week are taken. Classes are charged by calendar month.
Developmental Competitive Class – Preparing for Competition
Enrollment in the Developmental Competitive program is by invitation of a coach only. This program is designed to prepare students to start their competitive journey in the sport of fencing. It takes the skills and knowledge obtained in the previous class levels, helps to hone the technique involved, and starts to assimilate competitive tournament/event situations into regular instruction for preparation to begin competitive fencing. The classes involve conditioning, footwork, and both 3-weapon and weapon-specific instruction, as well as competitive bouting instruction and scenarios. Coaches will suggest tournaments of appropriate skill level for the fencers to compete in, and fencers are expected to attend these tournaments to apply and practice the skills and knowledge they have obtained during their instruction.
Classes are offered twice weekly – Mondays from 7-8:30pm and Fridays from 5:30-7:30pm (in conjunction with the Competitive class). Students are also required to take a minimum of 2 private lessons per month, and suggested to attend at least 2 nights of open bouting per month. (Open bouting and lessons can be on the same night.)
Students enrolled in the Developmental Competitive class program must have a full set of working equipment, including electrical equipment. Additionally, students are required to be Mission members (monthly or annual).
Cost: The Developmental Competitive class costs $125 per month. This includes 2 classes per week, for 4 weeks (8 classes total). Classes are charged by calendar month, and must be full payments. (No payments for partial attendance.) Students can make up missed classes at the discretion of the coach.
Competitive Class – Instruction for the Competitive and Elite Fencer
Enrollment in the Competitive program is by invitation of a coach only. This program is designed to assist students who are competing at local, national, and international levels. The classes involve serious conditioning, high-intensity footwork, and both 3-weapon and weapon-specific instruction, as well as competitive bouting instruction and scenarios. The class is designed to focus on refining technique and skill to be implemented in competition. There is significant focus on strategy for various competitive scenarios. Students in this class are expected to be regularly competing in local and/or national-level competitions.
Competitive classes are offered twice a week. One class per week is weapon-specific, focusing on weapon-related skill-building and technique. The other class per week is a 3-weapon class (in conjunction with the Developmental Competitive class), focusing on footwork, conditioning, competitive bouting strategy and situations, and the refining of technique and skills. Students are also required to take a minimum of 4 private lessons per month, and suggested to attend at least 4 nights of open bouting per month. (Open bouting and lessons can be on the same night.)
The schedule is as follows:
Foil Class – Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm
Epee Class – Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm
Sabre Class – Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm
3-Weapon Class – Fridays, 5:30-7:30pm
Students enrolled in the Competitive class program must have a full set of working equipment, including electrical equipment. Additionally, students are required to be Mission members (monthly or annual).
Cost: The Competitive class costs $150 per month. This includes 2 classes per week, for 4 weeks (8 classes total). Classes are charged by calendar month, and must be full payments. (No payments for partial attendance.) Students can make up missed classes at the discretion of the coach.
Footwork Class – The Most Fun Class We Have!
Footwork is over half the battle in fencing, and our Footwork Class is here to help you excel! Geared for students of all ages and levels, the class incorporates conditioning, physical education-based games to build coordination and dexterity, and high-intensity footwork drills and games designed to get you moving with the speed and technique demonstrated by all the best fencers. Whether you’re looking to build your skills or just stay fit so you can continue to fence recreationally, this is the class for you.
Footwork classes are offered Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm and Thursdays from 5-6pm. It is open to fencers of all ages and skill levels.
Cost: $10 per student, free for Mission Members
NEW - Competitive Bouting Class – A MUST for All Who Plan to Compete!
Mission's new Controlled Bouting Class focuses on real-world electrical bouting situations. Designed to give fencers practical experience in applying the skills they are learning in classes and lessons, this weekly session brings fencers together to fence each other in situations designed to make using all your newly acquired skills second nature to give you the competitive advantage you need for tournament competition. Points are lost through hesitation and not being able to recognize moments and actions from your opponent, so this class enables fencers to increase their skills in real bout situations.
This class is a "must have" for anyone looking to compete in tournaments or the high school fencing season! This class is geared for students of all ages looking to fence competitively at events this season and in the future. It is offered Wednesdays from 6-7:30 pm, immediately before our footwork and conditioning class.
Cost: $10 per student, free for Mission Members
Notes for All Classes
After completing an Introductory session or camp, enrollment in all classes is subject to an annual registration fee of $10 per fencer. Registration fees are due prior to beginning classes, and cover the student for the full class year (September through June).
Payment for each class month is due by the 15th of each month. We do have the option to enroll students in automatic debit of payments from Visa or Mastercard credit cards. There will be a $25 charge for any returned checks or declined credit cards for overdue payments. Students taking classes above the introductory level are required to have a credit card on file with the office, which will be charged automatically in the event that the month’s tuition has not yet been paid. Refunds are not given for missed classes.
Students at all levels are required to wear “gym clothes” (sweats/shorts, sneakers, and t-shirt), and are suggested to bring a water bottle. Students are required to follow safety policies at all times.
Options for Adults
Adults without experience are encouraged to join the Introductory Class. Upon completion of the class, private lessons and/or open fencing are the best options for adults (in addition to the footwork and competitive bouting classes). Alternatively, we offer Adult Intro Lesson packages. Experienced adults can jump right in with lessons, footwork/competitve bouting classes, and fencing.
Pack of 10 lessons: $350 for non-members or $300 for members
Single lessons: $45 for non-members or $35 for members
Payments must be made in advance.
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