Class Overview

A breakdown of the classes offered at IFA
Introductory

This class is designed for children or adults who are new to the sport of fencing. In this class the student will learn the rules of fencing and the basic skills required for fencing including the salute position, on guard stance, advance, retreat, and lunge. Furthermore, the students will learn how to hold a weapon and basic blade work. A typical class will start with a warm up and stretching, coordination and developmental games, footwork and arm work drill, and bouting.

 

  • This class meets once week for a 1.5 hr session.
  • The participating student needs to wear long athletic pants and athletic shoes. It is a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle.
  • All required equipment will be provided by the IFA.
Beginner

After the student has completed the introductory class and has gained proficiency in the basic fencing stance he/she is ready to move on to gain some more bouting and tactical experience. In this class there is a great focus on improving footwork/distance control and developing more skills with holding the weapon on the targets. There is a great focus on improving technique and getting started on electrical fencing bouts to apply what has been learned so far.

 

  • This class meets two times a week for 1.5hr sessions.
  • Students are required to wear long athletic pants and athletic shoes. It is a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle.
  • At this level all equipment will still be provided.
Intermediate

In this class there is a greater focus on working on different actions that can be used during fencing bouts. A typical class consists of warm up and stretching, footwork, paired drills, and open bouting. At this level the student has already acquired enough knowledge to start going to local and regional competitions.

 

  • This class meets 2-3 times a week for 1.5-2hr sessions.
  • The student should always wear long athletic pants/fencing knickers and fencing/athletic shoes to class. It is a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle.
  • It is a good time for the student to start to purchase/bring their own equipment at this level especially if the student will be going to competition.
  • It is advised that at this level student’s start to take private lessons.
Advanced

These fencers are competing seriously at the local, regional, and national level; therefore, this class structure is focused a lot on working on more tactical actions by practicing paired drills, controlled bouting, and open bouting.

 

  • At this level fencers practice three times a week for a total of 6.5hrs per week.
  • The students in this class are required to have their own equipment and always wear their fencing knickers to class; in addition they must also bring their reusable water bottles.
  • It is required that the student takes at least one private lesson per week.
Elite

This level can only be reached by recommendation and cooperation with the coach. At this level practice is five days a week and is made up of multiple different exercises specified to the needs of each individual student. These students compete regionally, nationally and internationally. Minimum 10.5 hr per week.

Fit+Rec

This is a class for fencers who love the sport of fencing but are not interested in competing and would rather use fencing as an entertaining way to exercise, maintain their physical fitness.

 

  • This class meets twice a week for 1.5hrs per session.
  • All required equipment is provided, however if fencers have their own equipment they are free to bring it to class.
Private Lessons

Private lessons are being offered starting at the beginner level. Private lessons are 20-25min sessions one-on-one with a coach. Here the student will improve on their technique, tactics, and actions which are all specified to the needs and abilities of each individual student. Private lessons are extremely important especially if the student would like to start or is already participating in competitions because in these sessions there will be the greatest focus on the specific areas a student must improve on.

 

  • Private lessons are only available to IFA members.
Camps

In the Summer and winter IFA is beginner fencing camps for youth and teen. These camps are structured to introduce the sport of fencing to new participants. Here the participants will learn the rules of fencing and the basic skills required for fencing including the salute position, on guard stance, advance, retreat, and lunge. Furthermore, the students will learn how to hold a weapon and basic blade work. Throughout the camp there will be games and other exercises developing skills such as speed, coordination, and balance. Throughout the camp there will also be paired drills where the fencers get to suit up and practice actions used in actual fencing bouts, and then the students will participate in open fencing.

Before Summer Nationals there is also always a pre-nationals training camp offered for competitive fencers that are going to participate at the Summer Nationals. Here fencers will participate in a lot of drills and open/controlled bouting to get them into the best possible shape for the upcoming competition.

Prior to the commencement of the following season, IFA offers pre-season camps. These camps are designed to prepare the fencers (of all levels from beginner to Elite) physically, mentally, and emotionally to embrace on the new competition season.