Basic Fencing Competencies
6 - 9 Months
Learn to engage in partner work in a safe and respectful manner
Learn about the different elements of fencing practice
Demonstrate basic sabre comptetencies
Display basic refereeing skills
How you should participate
1-2 Footwork and Target classes a week
1-2 Movement and Conditioning classes a week
1-2 Basic Drills classes a week
1 Basic Bouting Skills sessions a week
1-2 Open Bouting Sessions a month
1 Private Lesson a month
How you should compete
Novice Competitions on on occasional basis
The Basic Fencing Membership is for fencers who have demonstrated an understanding of the fundamental movement skills of fencing and are ready to begin working in partner drills and bouting.
In order to participate in Partner Drills a Basic Fencing Kit of fencing gear is required. Bouting requires a Bouting Kit.
Fencers at the Basic level work on:
Learning to engage in partner work in a safe and respectful manner
Increasing their offensive and defensive capabilities
Regularly working in paired drills and bouting exercises
Gaining familiarity with the electrical scoring equipment
Introduction to tactical progressions
Understanding the rules of the sport
Learning the mechanics of refereeing
Having their first competitive experiences in fencing
At this level you'll need a complete Basic Fencing Kit in order to participate in partner drills and bouting. See our equipment page for more details.
How long to spend
Most fencers take about 6 to 9 months to progress through the Basic Level, depending upon their own personal development schedule.
Our Coaching staff regularly evaluates each fencers progress and will recommend advancement based upon each fencers unique readiness for the next level of fencing.
Fencers at the Basic Skill Level spend their time working on technical competencies with Footwork and Targets class. They also can attend Movement and Conditioning sessions to increase their physical literacy.
At this stage of training, they add in Basic Partner Drills and Basic Bouting Skills Classes. They can also participate in Open Bouting.
It is highly recommended that these athletes take at least one private lesson a month in order to supplement their group training.