Virginia Academy of Fencing Programs
INTRODUCTORY - PREPARATORY - MEMBERSHIP
For those without any fencing experience, six group classes or private lessons are taken in a chosen discipline: Olympic Sport or Historical Swordsmanship. Summer, spring and winter camps are offered for youth participants as well. The following age groups apply:
Adults and Teens 14 and over
Youth: 9-13 years
Young Gladiators: 6-8 years
Little Musketeers: 4-5 years
The next level is a more intensive approach that refines the fundamentals of our Introductory class. The goal is to prepare students for the Intermediate level where they may fence other students with less direct close supervision. New techniques designed to rapidly improve knowledge of the basics are introduced in the next 6 classes. Classes are divided by the age groups noted above.
Upon completing the preparatory level, students are eligible to become Virginia Academy of Fencing members. Members select a training program and receive additional benefits, including practice time known as Supervised Free Fencing.
Weekly coed classes are divided by skill level, weapon and age groups. Fencers who are comfortable in one class may stay there as long as they want. Others may want to move ahead to a more challenging class or another weapon.
ADVANCED SPORT & HISTORICAL
Advanced Sport classes are for those who want more intensive training. These classes are recommended for students who have completed one year of fencing. Advanced classes improve point control and overall technique. Instruction is aided by the use of electric scoring equipment and fencers are prepared for competitions, but do not have to actively compete. Electric equipment for each weapon is required and available at the VAF store.
Advanced Historical classes are for students who are ready for higher level training in historical swordsmanship. Instruction covers a broader and more in depth study of historical fencing traditions, and features additional physical conditioning beyond that of the intermediate level. For Longsword, students should own a wooden or aluminum waster and a blunt steel practice sword. For Rapier, students provide their own practice rapier with a flexible blade, and a fencing dagger.
COMPETITIVE SPORT & COMPETITIVE HISTORICAL
Competitive Sport & Historical classes provide a high level of training. Classes are serious and intensive, designed to produce skilled competitive fencers. A strong commitment is essential, not just for the individual, but for the team as a whole. Skill levels isn’t as important as having the right attitude.
COLLEGIATE & INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
The most elite program in the U.S., designed in pursuit of the highest level of training and catered to serious competitive members whose goal is to become a member of the U.S. National Team, be recruited as a student athlete in the top colleges in the U.S., or become a medalist at national tournaments.
The centerpiece of the program is a collegiate and international level class that utilizes the expertise of all the competitive coaches and run by former U.S. National Team Coach, Alexandre Ryjik
An interview to determine eligibility and to provide more information is required. Members, please see the front desk to schedule an interview!
VAF MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
Membership privileges include the following benefits:
Use of the facility for free fencing
Use of training and electric scoring equipment
Supervised Open Fencing
10% off equipment purchases (some restrictions apply)
Participation at VAF competitions
Various workshops throughout the year
Guest classes by invited experts on fencing
Newsletters and competition and event information
Discounted birthday parties & corporate events
VAF Water Bottle