CFA Summer Camp dates and information!

Our beginner’s summer camps are designed to take students from beginner to intermediate fencers. Our intermediate camps are for fencers who are thinking about or already competing on the USFA or school league circuit.

Classes will run daily (M-F) from 10am -4pm. Early drop-off and late pick-up can be arranged if needed – just let us know. All classes are held at our 6400 square foot, air conditioned fencing facility, located at 1731 Allied St, Charlottesville, VA 22903. As with all our classes, participants should be at least 8 years old (except for the July 28-August 1st session). Please call CFA @ 434-227-4006 with any questions.

Our summer camp schedule for 2014 is as follows:
Beginner’s camp: 6/9-6/13 and 7/7-7/11
Intermediate camp: 6/16-6/20 and 7/14-7/18
Youth camp: (ages 6-12) 7/28-8/1

Highlights of our Summer Camp:
* Basics of fencing footwork and safety
* Group and private lessons
* Sessions on fencing techniques and strategic thinking
* Fencing related movies
* Viewing and discussing taped fencing matches from national and international tournaments
* Fencing games to improve footwork and hand-eye coordination
* Friday mini-tournaments

Summer Camp Costs:
We are currently charging $350 per person for each week-long session and $250 for any additional sessions attended by the same person. $100 of this fee should be paid as a deposit at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. This cost includes use of club-owned USFA approved fencing gear (required) during the class. Students should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and athletic shoes. Students should bring a packed lunch. We have a fridge and microwave available. Cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase.

If desired, a personal set of gear (beginner’s kit) can be purchased through the club (this is in addition to the cost of the session). The kit consists of a mask, jacket, glove, and sword. You can, of course, also purchase the required gear from another fencing equipment vendor. However, we recommend purchasing though our club to ensure you are properly fitted for the safety equipment and that it meets current USFA standards.

Family Discounts:
If more than one person from a family is attending our summer camps, we offer a discounted rate of $250 per person per week for additional attendees. For families with multiple fencers attending camps, or a fencer attending more than one camp, we will figure out your exact cost with the family discount as it applies to your situation when you pay the balance due.

July Intermediate Camp with Coach Kandlik!

CFA is very happy to have Coach Kandlik coming down to run our July Intermediate and Advanced week long summer camp. Coach Kandlik has coached multiple Olympians as some of the very top clubs in the country as well as multiple Collegiate programs. He specializes in strength and development as well as helping competitive fencers achieve their maximum potential in the sport.

The camp will run from July 14-18th. The hours of the clinic will be from 10-4 but Coach Kandlik will be available for scheduled private lessons before and after the clinic. There will also be the opportunity for fencers attending the camp to open fence afterwards. For more details on this “not to be missed” camp can be found on the FRED page. Registration is limited so please be sure to sign up early!

http://askfred.net/Clinics/whoIsComing.php?clinic_id=26583

Our fencers bring back multiple medals from the 2014 Division Championships!

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!

CFA Fencers bring back the Gold from Summer National Qualifiers!

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.

CFA fencers bring home 7 medals from the Regional Youth Circuit event!

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!

New Beginners Classes Starting in April!

We are happy to announce that our next round of beginners classes will start in April. 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.

We currently offer three types of beginners classe. Our Monday beginners class is from 6-7pm and will start April 14th. This is a youth and family class. Fencers under 16 as well as their parents and siblings may join this class and discover a new family activity, as well as a great way to stay in shape. Our Adults and Teens class is for those over 13 who wish to learn the sport. This class will begin Thursday, April 17th and runs from 6-7pm. CFA’s popular Shenandoah Valley fencing program beginners class (Youth and Family), hosted at the Waynesboro YMCA, will begin Tuesday April 15th and runs from 6-7:30pm.

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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Grayson and our Stauton Crew in the news!

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!

http://www.newsleader.com/interactive/article/20140216/LIFESTYLE/302160004/Touch-Students-Staunton-learn-swordplay-fencing-class

Gold and bronze come home from JMU!

Our fencers had a very strong showing at the JMU Open this past weekend:

Douglas Daniels: Gold, Open Saber
Steven Pressendo: Gold, D3 Saber
Nathaniel Lilly: Bronze, Open and D3 Saber
Veronica Wesser: Bronze, Open Epee
Daniel Hothem: Bronze, D3 Foil
Nathaniel Sides: Bronze, Open Foil

It is good to have our friends at JMU back in the tourney rotation. The more USFA events in Central VA the better! (did you notice the subtle hint to UVA Fencing) As always a huge congrats to our medalists and all of our fencers who came out and represented the club, you make us proud!

CFA Fencers excel at the Hangover Open!

The annual Hangover Open Tourney was both well attended and very strong this year. It was effectively at ROC levels (hint to the Division and USA Fencing) in both size and quality of fencing. Several of our fencers had exceptional results in a tough field:

Anya Michaelsen: Gold, Womens Foil and updating to a B14

Veronica Weser: Silver, Womens Epee and earning her C14

Douglas Daniels: Bronze, Mixed Saber

Nathaniel Lilly: Updating to an E14

Grayson Katzenbach also earned her stripes as a USA Fencing Rated Referee! Congrats to our medalists, our fencers who earned or updated ratings and a big thanks to everyone that came out to make a great event. CFA fencers you make us proud!

New Home School beginners class in Staunton!

We will be expanding our popular Home School Fencing class into the valley area this year starting Feb 4th. The classes will run for 8 weeks and will be from 2:30-4:30 every Tuesday. We will be partnering with Staunton Parks and Rec to host the classes, so please sign up through their website at http://www.staunton.va.us/directory/departments-h-z/recreation-parks/recreation/classes-workshops

However feel free to direct any questions our way via info@fencingalliance.org We are excited to have fencing in the valley and hope to expend the program on other days and into an evening program as well if there is interest, so stay tuned!

New Beginners Classes Start In January!

We are happy to announce that our next round of beginners classes will start in January. 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.

We currently offer two types of classes. Our Monday beginners class is from 6-7pm and will start January 6th. This is a youth and family class. Fencers under 16 as well as their parents and siblings may join this class and discover a new family activity, as well as a great way to stay in shape. Our Adults and Teens class is for those over 13 who wish to learn the sport. This class will begin Thursday, January 9th and runs from 6-7pm.

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!

Also stay tunned for more info regarding out upcoming classes in Staunton and Nelson County!

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