Recreational & Developmental Fencing Classes & Camps

California Fencing Academy

Learn the Olympic Sport and Art of Fencing

Some benefits of fencing:

  • Confidence & Poise
  • Analytical, problem solving, decision making skills
  • Great reflexes & coordination
  • Pride, respect, sportsmanship
  • Reduce stress
  • Lose weight & be fit
  • Meet people & have lots of fun
  • Unique, exciting sport

Why Fence at CFA?

  • Lifetime programs for recreation or competition
  • Progressive task & goal oriented level programs
  • Renowned competitive program, home of national and Junior Olympic Champions, US World Team members, and Olympians
  • Formally trained, highly motivated, caring staff with Certified Fencing Masters for each weapon.
  • The Fencing Masters Program. The oldest most prestigious club college for training fencing coaches.
  • Elite status with the Better Bussiness Bereau, and city contracts with Los Gatos-Saratoga & Mountain View
  • Indoor Olympic archery range & equestrian program
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Recreational & Developmental Fencing Programs: Beg-Adv.

STEP 1: Beginning Fencing Classes & Camps

You learn the basics first starting with the ready, guard, and lunge positions, as well as footwork. We emphasize safety, sportsmanship and the rules of fencing. You will learn about offensive and defensive actions and will participate in partner exercises and sparring. We will do lots of fun fencing games for all levels. All equipment is supplied, and all of our coaches are certified professionals at the international level.

After your beginning class graduation, if you want to continue with fencing in the CFA Recreational Program you would become a Cal Sports Club/California Fencing Academy Member. All equipment supplied. Very low student to teacher ratio in the Recreational & Developmental Programs.

STEP 2: Recreational Fencing Classes & Camps. For beginning to advanced members

This is the level after the Beginning course or camp. We start to teach Maestro Tibbetts system of “MY GAME” that builds a system of actions and tactics as a team, and as an individual based on how you naturally approach fencing, we also work to get that sweet technical base through positive reinforcement with high expectations of effort. We start to learn about competition formats and incorporate all types of fun and positive ways to learn this awesome Olympic sport. This unique program is designed, and led by Head Coach and Founder Daniel Tibbetts and his students in the Cal Sports Club Coaches College. If you are thinking competitive sport in the future you want to start two days weekly as soon as possible.

Leveling up from Recreational to Developmental is easy. We let you know when they are ready. We evaluate monthly and we level up in groups as much as possible of course. 

STEP 3: Developmental Fencing Classes & Camps

This is the bridge between recreational and youth non-travel team level. The classes take you to an awesome level of fencing with a deeper concentration in technique, mechanics, and strategies building into an advanced expanded “MY GAME” system developed by Maestro Tibbetts. We start working not only on more actions, but building on your action, second intention, renewed attacks, compound parries and much more. You will get to many different types of bouting formats and learn new games and fun drills. This developmental level that leads to our Junior Olympic Fencing Development Program/Youth non-travel team. The youth non-travel team can then lead to the CFA National Team program if that is your goal.

The fencing masters and primarily Maestro Daniel Tibbetts concentrates on this this level preparing for the team – the fee change reflects this coaching. Also these developmental fencers start fencing with electronic scoring equipment. by this time you will have a uniform and electronic equipment.

Remember you do not have to be competitive in our club. We have a solid, caring, progressive recreational program unlike any other club we know of. However we have produced some of the top fencers in the country and world and we are an elite fencing club with students getting into about every major University in the country.

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