INTRODUCTORY CLASSES & CAMPS
For new students, we offer classes & camps in Olympic Sport and Historical Swordsmanship. They are designed to introduce students to the world of fencing with a comprehensive but moderately paced approach. Students will acquire the fundamentals of fencing footwork, handwork, strategy formulation, etiquette, rules, and terminology. By the end of the course, students will be able to fence and referee bouts with each other.
Known as the physical game of chess, Olympic sport fencing provides a tremendous physical and mental workout for students of all ages and athletic abilities. As one of the safest sports, fencing makes fitness fun! It builds muscle strength, provides a great cardiovascular workout, and improves endurance coordination and speed. VAF is a place where those who are just starting to learn fencing can do so in a safe, friendly, and fun environment. At the same time, VAF is also a place where more experienced and competitive fencers can receive the highest level of training offered in the U.S.
Our Introductory Classes and Camps primarily utilize the foil, a light thrusting sword, but also introduce the sabre (the modern equivalent of the cavalry sword) and the epee (the modern equivalent of the rapier). By the end of the course, students will be able to fence matches with each other.
Explore the sword arts the way they were originally practiced on the battlefields of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance! Historical swordsmanship re-creates the techniques used by fencers who lived before the modern sport was created, bringing these fighting arts to life in a safe and fun environment. Students gain fitness, coordination, reflexes, and endurance, as well as learning about the chivalric history of these knightly arts.
In our Introductory Classes and Camps, students will learn both the rapier (a dueling weapon of the Renaissance) and the longsword (a knightly medieval sword). Practice swords used in the class are the bamboo shinai and the foil. By the end of the course, students will understand the different styles of swordsmanship used throughout history and be able to fence bouts with each other.