We teach all three Olympic weapons. Many adults decide to focus on their favorite one. Don't be afraid to try all three until you know which is your favorite. Some fencers learn more than one. Many adults fence for fun, recreation, health, or simply to socialize. Some compete for the additional challenge and excitement.
Teens learn the concepts and strategies of fencing with an emphasis on either epee, sabre or foil. They receive instruction in blade technique, mobility, strategy and bouting. Skills develop rapidly and carry over to other sports. Extra bouting time is available before and after class. The emphasis is on learning, but fun is an important ingredient of the training.
Youths are taught the techniques and concepts of fencing (footwork, positions, blade exercises) with a strong emphasis on games. Strategy games, which carry over to all sports, are a major element of instruction. Body awareness develops quickly through fencing, as young fencers focus on control in fine movement, how to manipulate the weapon and how to relate to an opponent's distance and movements. The emphasis is on development and having fun while learning the sport.
Our kids classes are specially designed to teach the basics of fencing in a fun way. Games are used for learning strategy and visual perception with integrated fencing technique. The young fencers learn body awareness, balance, agility and sportsmanship. During every class, the fencers bout with each other and have occasional competitions for fun.
Competitive Olympic Practice:
Practice sessions are open to adult, teen and youth fencers who compete and train for competition. Practice is more physically demanding and is focused on performance, the strategies necessary for competition, and the technical skills required. The practices are meant as training sessions and do not deal with basic skills. Fencers must be assessed before joining.
Open bouting is available when floor space permits. Classes and private lessons have priority on the floor, and CBA reserves the right to end open bouts at any time.
Historical Fencing / Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA):
This is a class which studies swordsmanship from the 14th century to the 19th century, emphasizing the German school of fighting. The main focus is on the Lichtenauer tradition. All students start out learning German longsword. You must be 16 or older to enroll in HEMA classes.
Beginner HEMA Class:
This class is devoted to giving students a strong foundation in the basics. Students practice the foundations of footwork, striking, distance, body mechanics, drilling, and sparring games. Beginners must successfully pass a test to move into the intermediate level classes. Beginner students study German Longsword and Fiore's Dagger.
Students in the intermediate class learn more advanced concepts like fuehlen, (feeling of the blade), and spend more time in bouting games. Intermediate students study German Longsword. Students in the intermediate class must successfully pass a test to move into the Advanced Class.
Students in the Advanced Class learn to refine and apply the basic concepts at a high level of training. Students in the Advanced Class study German Longsword and Fiore's Dagger. Students who progress to the Advanced Class also study Singlestick, Messer, Dussack, and Sword and Buckler on a rotating basis.
Women's Longsword Class:
The Women's Longsword Class is mixed-level longsword class for women. The class includes longsword material and conditioning. Women are encouraged to also join the general Longsword Class.
High Repetition Class:
The high reps class is designed to get students the number of reps needed to automate moves successfully.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced HEMA classes contain conditioning, as strength is a necessary skill for maintaining relaxation and control in challenging situations.