Welcome to CFA
The CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY has been teaching fencing to thousands of fencers in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley since 1986. CFA is a foil club that offers all levels of programs for complete beginners to Elite World Class Athletes.
The Coaches have produced endless boy and Girl elite foil, epee, and saber fencers including National Champions and National Championship teams, Junior Olympic Champions and Team Finalists, US World Team members, World Championship top eight placements, and a student going on to College and winning the Olymic Silver Team medal in Bejing China, not to mention the long list of athletes accepted to elite Universities around the country. For the 2015-16 Season CFA has four Elite Fencing Masters, a Provost-at-Arms, and numerous US Certified Junior Assistant coaches.
Simply register below for your beginning class and introduction to the awesome Olympic sport of fencing, or check out one of our other activites that we offer to our fencing families, friends, and community.
You may also register for beginning and intermediate fencing, archery, and horsemqanship through Los Gatos-Saratoga Community Recreation, The city of Saratoga's Recreation Department offers our archery program, and Campbell offers our fencing classes. Feel free to supoort your community by signing up through your local program.
On the CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY website below you will find the beginning fencing schedule & registration, as well as the sister programs including the CALIFORNIA ARCHERY CENTER and CALIFORNIA NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP. We are currently putting the finishing touches on all of our new sites for fencing, archery, and horsemanship which all be launched soon!
WINTER: Beginning Schedule & Registration
Fencing ~ Archery ~ Horsemanship
CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY:
The Introductory-Beginning Classes are for those with little or no experience. Learn the basic positions, footwork, terminology, safety, rules, ettiquite, and sportsmanship of Olympic fencing. In partnered drills you will learn to thrust, disengage, do feint attacks, actions on the blade, and various parries and ripostes. You even get to start fencing each other the second day of the session. It's a blast!
The groups are kept to a small ratio of about 8 students-4 pairs to each certified fencing instructor. The equipment rental fee is included in the class cost. Upon completion of the program you recieve a certificate of accomplishment and you are ready to join the Novice-Intermediate level classes! These classes are held at the Cal Sports Club on Hamilton Avenue.
CALIFORNIA ARCHERY CENTER:
The Introductory-Beginning Classes are for those with little or no experience. You are taught the basic form, technique, rules, and safety. You will shoot the natural technique with recurves, and Genisis bows for younger archers. You will continually level up by improving your accuracy and furthering your shot distance by individually adjusting your target further away. This is a family designed program so the whole family can shoot together so the adults, teens and youth are at the same time but are seperated bu age and levels based on shooting distance accuarcy. A dad and son (or mom) may also choose to shoot together.
The equipment rental fee is included in the class cost. Upon completion of the program you recieve a certificate of accomplishment and you are ready to join the Novice-Intermediate level classes! These classes and the ongoing program are held at the Cal Sports Club on Hamilton Avenue.
CALIFORNIA NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP & REDWOOD RIDING CLUB:
The Introduction to Natural Horsemanship and the Basics of Horsemanship & Riding workshops have been combined into a two part series are for those with little or no experience. It is also a self-paced program with wonderful safe and seasoned horses and ponies. The course introduces the foundation of horsemanship and basic riding concepts through arena lectures, simulations, some mounted instruction, and demonstartions of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship methods we use in our school. We start with safety, horse psychology, horse identification, basic anatomy, and tack terminology. You learn to groom, lead, and tack a horse while bonding with him or her. We practice safe mounting and dismounting, being balanced, and communicating with the aides of your seat, legs, hands, and voice. You should be able to start, stop, and turn, and maybe get to do some basic patterns and games like the circle around cones, the figure eight around barrels, the weave through poles, and maybe even to park and back your horse all depending on the class dynamics and your level of abilty.
The horse and all equipment rental fees are included in the class cost, as well as educational handouts. Upon completion of the program you will recieve a certificate of accomplishment, and you are ready to join the the Developing Your Natural Horsemanship class or camp. These classes and our ongoing horsemanship program are held at Bear Creek Stable in Los Gatos.
The renowned California Fencing Academy/CFA, the Cal Archery Center/CAC, and the Cal Natural Horsemanship/CNH are the sport specific divisions of Cal Sports Club Inc.
The CAL SPORTS CLUB'S Founder, Director, and Coach Daniel Tibbetts runs the club along with his wife and fencing master Ania Tibbetts, who was Senior Polish National Foil Champion, and Olymic Team Member.
- Mr. Tibbetts trained in Italy and France as a fencing coach becoming a Moniteur-at-Arms in both the Italian and French Schools of fencing, then a Provost-at-Arms in the Italian School, and going on to train and complete his Masters thesis and exams in France to become only one of a select few 3-weapon Maitre-d-Arms in America.
- Daniel is also a US Archery certified Instructor, and a Certified Horsemanship Association instructor in both English and Western riding disciplines. He is a student and savvy club member of the world famous founder of the term "natural horsemanship" the real "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli, and his natural horsemanship program, of which he and his horses are trained and level certified.
- He is also an Alumni of the West Valley Park Management Program and became a employee of WV College, California Conversation Corps, California Land Management, and the US Forest Service, and he volunteered at State and National parks as a docent and for trail patrol. He was a wild land fire fighter, ranger, camp ground operator, naturalist, and environmental interpretor, as well as foot and horse trail patrol.
- Daniel is also a Certified Sports Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist & Bodyworker, certified Sports Massage Therapist, and is working towards a Masters in Sports Psychology. He owned the Optimum Health Center located in Los Gatos across from the high school. This was a huge co-op holistic health center, as well as the Competitive Edge which was his personal practice that specialized in soft tissue sport injury rehabilitation, sport specific physical training, and athletic enhancement specializing in youth athletes and dancers. He was s renowned therapist who trained young Chiropractors and therapists in soft tissue manual therapies, as well as ultra sound and electro stimulation procedures.
Daniel Tibbetts combines all these passions, skills and experiences into his fencing, archery, horsemanship, nature exploration, and outdoor adventure programs including his classes, workshops, seminars, series programs and lots of camps.
The schedule will be out soon. Email if you would like to get the Summer Camp guide!
We do half day camps in archery and fencing and you can combine them into all day camps this year!
We combine our Natural Horsemanship Camps (8:30-12:30) with some afternoon (12:30-4:30) Nature exploration and Outdoor Adventure activities and games, as well as some more horse care at the end of the day. Evryone gets all the horsemanship they could want, and they get to choose from the other activities in the hot afternoons - practically designing their own camps. Very cool concept and they love it!
CALL NOW: 408.865.1950
Location: 891 East Hamilton Avenue. We are located on Hamilton ave between The Hwy 17 on ramp and Bascom Avenue behind the Clasic Car Wash. Turn into the driveway between the animal hospital and the runners store and we are located in the back of this parking lot on the left. See you there!