9 - 12 Months
Introduction to Preparations and Tactical Progressions
Display standards of interaction for an experienced fencer
Integrate different types of training to support fencing development
Utilize preparations and tactical progressions in bouting scenarios
Apply knowledge of fencing to referee full bouts in training scenarios
How you should participate
2-3 Footwork and Target classes a week
2 Movement and Conditioning classes a week
2-3 Basic & Advanced Drills Classes a week
1-2 Open Bouting sessions a week
1 Private Lesson a week
Weekend Intensives occasionally
Summer Skills Camp
How you should compete
Local tournaments and regional events that don't require travel
The Intermediate skill level is for fencers who are exploring preparations and tactical progressions. Fencers will begin competing in USA Fencing Sanctioned competitions at this level, as well as select Regional Level competitions.
Fencers at the Intermediate Level work on
Honing their basic technical fencing skills and exploring more complex actions
Tactical progression though situational bouting and drills
Acquiring the skills and competence necessary for successful competition
Athletic conditioning including strength and speed training
Competitive fencing techniques and skills
Physical and mental conditioning
Full personal competition equipment kit, well maintained, is required, including 2 weapons and 2 sets of cords.
How long to spend
The Intermediate level takes 9 to 12 months to progress through, depending upon the fencer's skills, weekly time commitment, physical and mental condition, and personal goals.
Fencers who wish to be Recreational fencers rather than Competitive fencers or wish to only compete locally and regionally will often stay at this skill category indefinitely.
CEFC coaching staff regularly asses the fencers capabilities and will recommend when to move on to the next level of competition based upon their personal readiness and capacity.
Fencers at the Intermedaite 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 should participate in both Basic Partner Drills and Advanced Partner Drills classes. They can also participate in Open Bouting.
We strongly recommended that athletes at this level also be taking at least one private lesson each week.