Fencers should arrive in reasonably good condition in order to withstand and profit from the camp program. Each camper will acquire a better understanding of practice techniques, fundamental actions, bout structure, strategy, tactics and conditioning. The material of the camp program should enable the camper to be more effective in training and competing during the following season. Individual lessons are geared toward each fencer's particular needs. The camp is designed to improve the fencers' abilities, while providing an enjoyable experience.
Training in epee, sabre and foil will be offered for both men and women. Each fencer chooses the one weapon with which he or she will train during the camp.
Neither week is suitable for complete beginners. A minimum of one full year of competitive experience is recommended for week 1.
A minimum of 2 years is recommended for week 2.
The camp program will emphasize theory and practice in training, conditioning, skills development, program planning, drills, strategy, tactics, bouting, and applying specific techniques to bout situations.
Many fencers attend both weeks, back to back, for continuity of training and more rapid development
- Every fencer receives an individual lesson each day, Monday through Friday, from an experienced professional staff coach.
- Lessons are geared to that particular fencer's level and training needs.
Drills and Bouting
- Warm-up, stretching, footwork and agility
- Tactical footwork for more experienced fencers
- Special emphasis on agility development and bout-relevant mobility drills
- Developmental bouting and competitive bouting
- Directed by coaching staff
- Divided by weapon and level, as appropriate
- Lectures, seminars, and dialogues on subjects pertinent to competitive success
Week one emphasizes
- Optional late afternoon swim available, included.
Week two emphasizes
- improving existing skills and adding to skill repertoires
- individual lessons, drills, bouting, agility and fencing mobility, lectures
- applying techniques to bout situations.
- improving competitive fencing results
- individual lessons, drills, bouting, tactical footwork, lectures
- adding more advanced techniques to existing repertoire, drills, bouting, tactical, strategic, and psychological instruction.