We are pleased to announce that we will be offering the first of our historical classes, starting with the German Longsword. We will be teaching the footwork, bladework, grappling and evolution of this amazing weapon. We will be using several historical manuals from the Italian and German schools of longsword dueling and spanning from about 14-1800.
This class also provides both cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. By the end of the course the student will be able to fence safely and will be ready for more intermediate level lessons. We will also be covering the HEMA rules and regulations with and eye towards forming a competitive longsword group using the HEMA system.
Preregistration is required for this class, which will begin on March 8th. The class is appropriate for teens and adults only. This class will run for 8 weeks, and the needed gear is included for the duration of the class. We will offer the class on two different days to more easily accommodate busy schedules. The class will be held on Tuesday, from 6:30-8PM and will repeat on Sunday from 3:30-5pm. Registration and waiver forms can be found at the links below. If you have any questions at all please contact a member of the CFA staff for details!
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We are happy to announce that our next round of beginners classes will start Monday February 1st from 6-7pm and will run for 8 weeks. Our beginners classes are for those who are new to the sport as well as those who have not fenced in a long time and want a refresher. The classes are taught by the CFA coaching staff. Basics of fencing footwork, bladework, tactics and strategy are taught. Over the course of the beginner’s class, we will get the student used to the motions of fencing, and start to strengthen the legs and upper body with targeted exercise. This also provides both cardiovascular and anaerobic exercise. By the end of the course the student will be able to fence safely and will be ready for more intermediate level lessons. After this class the fencer moves to the intermediate level of classes.
If you would like to reserve your space in the class, download and fill out the forms below and mail them in or drop them off with your class fee. Registration and waiver forms can be found at the links below. If you have any questions at all please contact a member of the CFA staff for details!
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Our summer camps are always popular and are one of the best ways to dive into the sport or hone your skills if you are already an active fencer. The camps run from 10-4:30 Mon-Fri with early drop off and late pick up available at an additional charge. The dates for the camps are as follows:
22-26 Beginners Camp
29-July 3 Intermediate
6-10 Beginners Camp
13-17 Intermediate Camp
Youth Camp (ages 6-12)
Please see our camps page on the website for more information or drop us an email or phone call if you have any questions!
Our fencers represented VA and CFA wonderfully this weekend at the Dallas North American Cup. Veronica Weser got the ball rolling with a dominant performance in the Womens Epee. She finished 2nd in the event after a day of wonderful bouts, loosing to Canadian Champion Julia Barry 15-10.
Douglas and Steppan both had wonderful results in the Mens Saber event as well, bring home Bronze medals. Douglas had an epic comeback in his first bout, coming from behind with 11 unanswered touches to defeat his opponent. From there he dominated his bouts until loosing to the eventual Gold Medalist.
Mattew Steppan was also a comeback kid that day. After a disappointing finish in pools he proved the old joke that the pools are just warm-ups by clawing his way from 43rd seed to defeat the 22nd and 11th seeded fencers before going out in the medal round to the 3rd seed.
Congrats to all our fencers and to our first 3 national medalists of the season. You make us proud!
CFA Fencers have wonderful results at the JO quals!
Our fencers just plain rocked at the Junior Olympic Qualifiers and VA Cadet and Junior Championships for 2014! Grayson Katzenbach had an awesome weekend, as did Tristan Johnson among others!
Before we get into the results, I wanted to give a special shout-out to Nathaniel Sides who refereed and showed a level of professionalism and composure well beyond his years when a parent/spectator put on the worst display of poor sportsmanship I have ever seen at a VA event.
Read on for exact finishes, ratings earned and our qualifiers for the 2014 Junior Olympics!
Grayson Katzenbach: Gold: Junior Womens Foil, Gold: Junior Womens Epee and Bronze: Junior Womens Saber, qualifying for all three in JO’s and becoming this seasons Junior Champion for VA in Womens Foil and Womens Epee
Tristan Johnson: Gold: Junior Mens Epee and the 2014 VA Junior Mens Epee Champion! He also qualified Junior and Cadet for epee at the JO’s and going from a U to a C14!
Doug Daniels: Bronze Junior Mens Saber, qualifying for 2014 Junior Mens Saber
Nathaniel Lilly: Bronze, Junior Mens Saber
Max Freedman: Bronze, Junior Mens Epee
Congrats to all our fencers and referees, you make us proud!
CFA fencers give the competition something to be frightened about at this Halloween Open!
We had a couple of great results from the HO this year, hosted by our friends at the William and Mary Fencing Team at their lovely campus in Williamsburg VA
For Open Saber Doug Daniels took gold in a dominant performance in the Mens Open, defeating all comers including a former Chinese National Team member! In so doing he avenged the loss of teammate Nathaniel Lilly who took Bronze and earned his D14!
We had several strong results in the Open Epee, including Matt Steppan’s very strong finish in 3rd place, earning his C14! Chandler Hamilton dominated pools and was top seed before going out to Tim Vincent 12-10 who went on to finish 2nd. Chandler also earned himself a new rating, finishing the event with an E14!
Grayson Katzenbach was our loan entrant in Open Foil, finishing just shy of the medal round, loosing by one touch to a B rated former division champion.
Congrats to all out CFA fencers, you make us proud!
Our fencers were out in force and fencing strong at one of the toughest events of the year, the 2014 Division Senior Championships! This year CFA hosted the event, so the venue was great! Our fencers earned medals in all events this year except Mens Foil this year, placing as follows:
Veronica Weser: Silver, Women’s Epee
Emily Brown: Silver, Women’s Saber
Emily Lien: Bronze, Womens Epee
Sarah Simmons: Bronze, Women’s Epee
Grayson Katzenbach: Bronze, Women’s Foil
Nathaniel Lilly: Bronze, Men’s Saber
Steven Pressendo: Bronze, Men’s Saber
Matt Olowin: Bronze, Men’s Epee
Congrats to all of our fencers and medalists. CFA fencers you make us proud!
This past weekend the VA division held our Summer National Championship qualifiers, hosted by our friends at Richmond Fencing Club.
Our medalists from the tourney were:
Sarah Simmons: Gold, D2WE and updating to an E14!
Matt Stephen: Gold, D2MS
Nathaniel Lilly: Silver, D2MS
Steven Pressendo: Bronze, D2MS
Emily Brown: Bronze, D2WS
Grayson Katzenbach: Bronze, D2WF
Daniel Hothem: Bronze, D2MF and earning his E14!
Congrats to our medalists, our qualifiers to the National Championships and all our fencers who went.
Our younger fencers were out in force and fencing well at this event, and having it on home turf did not hurt at all. This event was a good size for the region, with split mens and womens events in most weapons. Our medalists from this event were:
Michael Gett, 3rd Place Y12 Epee & 3rd Place Foil
Jared Knights, 3rd Place Y12 Foil
Tristan Johnson, 3rd Y14 Epee
Charlie Schuler, Bronze Y14 Foil
Ian Stasko, Bronze Y14 Saber
Paula Petersen, Bronze Y14 Foil
Congrats to our medalists and all our fencers who made it out, you make us proud! Also a huge thanks to our referees for getting the event knocked out in record time and to our concession stand volunteers for keeping everyone hydrated and fed!
Grayson Katzenbach and our Staunton HS and Beginners classes were great providing information and video to reporters from the Staunton News Leader. It is one of the better written local media articles I have seen, so be sure to check it out and the video as well! We are looking into a couple of other options in the valley and the surrounding areas so stay tuned for more CFA Satellite programs coming to the central and southern VA!