Did you know young fencers are not just smaller adult fencers?
Did you know that over 70% of Olympians (2000-12) were multisport athletes?
Did you know that a primary reason kids participate in sport is to have fun and a primary reason kids discontinue sport is because it is no longer fun?
Did you know coaches have an influence on athlete enjoyment, satisfaction, development and desire to continue?
Did you know that winning is not everything, and do your actions align with this?
“Compassionate coaching is an important part of my approach to teaching fencing. There is so much failure inherent in the sport, from having a bad practice, to losing a touch, to losing a bout, that it is critical to keep your athletes focused on the process of improvement and finding the positive in everything. If the drive to succeed can come from positivity, rather than a negative place filled with fear of losing, fear of disappointing yourself, your coach or your family, then better results and higher self-esteem will follow.” –Dan Kellner, 2004 Olympian and Owner of Brooklyn Bridge Fencing Club
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Discovery and Fundamentals – Musketeer and Bronze Beginner Programs ages 6-9 years old
An athlete has decided to try the wonderful sport of fencing. The initial exposure should focus on fun, engagement, physical literacy and basics of learning to learn.
Develop and Optimize – Silver I and Silver II Intermediate to Advanced Recreational and Competitive Programs – 10 – 14 years old
Silver I: Athlete training evolves into more emphasis on fencing-specific tactics, technique and training, but still a continued focus on ABCs (agility, balance, coordination, and speed), multisport involvement, exploration and fun; teamwork and sportsmanship are also emphasized.
Silver II: The athlete enjoys fencing and wants to continue to develop and improve, athlete-driven desire for the challenge of competition, more individualized coaching, greater commitment to fencing, and focus on competition as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Excellence and Growth – Gold Team Advanced Competitive Program – 14 years and older
These athletes are committed to attending classes regularly and participating in private instruction, as well as cross-training in other sports such as swimming to ensure whole body and mind wellness.
Fencing for a Lifetime - Veterans and Fitness Fencers – 20 years and older (veterans 40 and older) The athlete is “hooked.” Fencing is a lifelong endeavor, and the individual may take on many roles within the sport. Older teens and adults who love the sport and want to continue as recreational fencers or competitive fencers may also get involved in other roles within the sport.