Our mission is to teach our athletes fencing skills, while building self confidence and self esteem. We teach dedication, discipline, perseverance and leadership through team work. The club imbibes a fantastic “Esprit de Corps” as our young fencers build comradeship and lifelong friendships. We encourage positive attitudes, healthy lifestyles, good sportsmanship and excellent work ethic. We believe that by developing these traits our young people will not only become successful in fencing but also in life.
Introduction to Fencing
The Beginner Program is provided for students of any age and physical condition who have never fenced before. This fencing program introduces participants to the sport of fencing and will give them the basic fundamentals needed to start fencing and develop basic skills.
THE PROGRAM COVERS:
Safety rules and sportsmanship
Introduction to fencing etiquette
Basic eye-hand-foot work - salute, on-guard, advance, retreat, and lunge
Basic distance control
Basic parry combinations - six, four, eight, and seven
Fencing New Zealand (FENZ)is the governing body of all fencing activity in the New Zealand .
The Beginner Program runs for one term in a group session.
To participate in the program you should wear:
Long sport pants
BEGINNER FENCING PROGRAM COSTS:
$300 per term ( consist of approx. 8 lessons)
The Intermediate program is for fencers who have completed the Beginner Program or fenced before and need to refresh their skills.
Intermediate level program covers:
Work on improving hand- and footwork
Better distance control
Improving technical skills
Parry reposts, disengages, beat and bind attacks
Introduction to electrical fencing
Better understanding of fencing rules
Increased drill exercises
Better offensive and defensive skills
Initial understanding of fencing tactics
Introduction to Fencing
INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM STRUCTURE
This Intermediate Program consists of 2 group classes per week, which are 1 hour long each.
It is recommended that fencers begin to take private lessons a few months into the program.
Each group lesson in this Intermediate level fencing class starts with a warm up, in which our coaches implement elements of a game depending of the age of the class. After warming up, the fencers will work on different elements of technique, drills, foot and hand work, target work, drills and fence using the electric equipment.
In addition, there is a lot of fencing against more advanced fencers, so fencers at the intermediate level are more challenged and develop better skills and confidence.
INTERMEDIATE FENCING PROGRAM COSTS
The cost of intermediate level fencing program is $360/ Term
In general, the Intermediate level fencing program lasts 2 to 24 months, but the coach will decide when to recommend moving the fencer on to the next level of advanced fencing based on athlete’s readiness (in physical, competence and mental levels).
The Advanced Program is designed for fencers who have completed the Intermediate Program in our club or a similar type of program in another fencing school. Typically, a fencer at this level has a good skill set, confidence and has participated in at least one regional competition before joining this level.
The fencers at the Advanced Fencing Level Program improve:
Advanced foot and handwork
Fencing techniques and skills
Physical condition, such as endurance, speed and strength
Understanding of fencing tactics and strategies
Competence at competitions
Analysis of performance at competition
ADVANCED PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The Advanced Program is scheduled 2-3 times a week for the group class. Each group class is 1.5 hour long. At this level the fencers take once a week private lessons as well as part of the program.
During the class, the athlete works on advanced exercises and drills and will focus on intensive endurance, strength, speed, and agility workouts with a good portion of the time fencing against opponents at the advanced and competitive levels.
Fencers are encouraged to participate in open fencing at least couple of times a month. Fencing with stronger opponents provides invaluable experience and opportunities to learn.
The Advanced Program starts after about 2 years of fencing, depending on athlete’s skills, physical and mental condition, and personal goals.
The coach assesses the fencer regularly and based on the athlete’s readiness recommend when to move on to the next level of competitive fencing.
ADVANCED FENCING PROGRAM COSTS
The cost of Advanced Fencing Program is $360per Term + extra lessons regularly + Saturday extra training
Saturday : 9.00-10.30
Saturday 11-2.00 pm on scheduled days (Elite Group)
The Competitive Program is designed for advanced fencers who will complete at regional, national or international levels regularly. Usually students that complete the Advanced Fencing Program at JFFS or similar level program at other clubs can enrol in this program.
COMPETITIVE PROGRAM WORK ON:
Competitive fencing techniques and skills
Endurance, speed, agility and strength
Advanced fencing strategies and tactics
The ability to build a bout per opponent strength and weaknesses
Ability to dissect a bout and work on improving non-successful elements
Video analysis is a vital part of this program
COMPETITIVE PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The Competitive Program is composed of 2-3 group lessons per week for 1.0 hours each followed by free fencing,
Training program for Conditioning at home
Priority for private lessons (please note private lesson are$30 for 15 min )
In addition to the structured classes and private lessons, competitive fencers participate in as many open fencing sessions as their time allows at Academy ofFencing Epsom girls ( year fee $300)aim to fence 100-120 hits ( 10x10 hit bouts or 9x15 hits) there is no supervision on this training you will have to manage your time.
This is high intensity program that requires good physical condition and ability to sustain strong cardiovascular workout
COMPETITIVE FENCING PROGRAM COSTS
The cost of Advanced Fencing Program is $360 per term + weekly private lessons + weekend extra sessions according to the schedule, open fencing at Academy ( Epsom Girls Grammar)
Competitive fencing lasts indefinitely. Because of this, competitive fencing requires a commitment to the sport on a completely different level. It requires more commitment to group and private lessons and open fencing. Competitive fencing also requires a lot of discipline and significant participation in regional, national and even international competitions.
The session offers technique and strategy clinics lead by Coach Fliszar.
Advanced distance drills
Complex drill exercise
Improvement of fencing strategy and tactics
Initial action by opponent - what counter actions are available
Fencers will be taking notes on strategies and tactics as we progress with the camp day-by-day.
AGENDA FOR A SATURDAY ELITE SESSIONS THE FOLLOWING:
15 Min Warm up
30 Min Footwork & Conditioning
45 Min Clinic - Every SESSION different topic
60 Min Open Fencing
30 min video analisys