Durkan Fencing Academy RED is OPEN!
Class schedule: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY 6:30pm to 9pm
DURKAN FENCING ACADEMY RED IN LIVINGSTON WILL RESUME TUESDAY APRIL 23rd!
Register BEFORE April 23rd and receive two free Private Lessons from our Coaches ($80 value)!
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Class Program Information
Classes provide comprehensive warm-up, stretching, weapon specfic drills (Foil, Epee, Sabre) and bouting practice. See our Comprehensive Curriculum below:
Class Fee: $550 for SEVEN WEEKS of unlimited DFA Red classes April 23rd through June 6th. No yearly membership required.
Private Lessons are available to DFA Red class participants, $400 for pack of 10 private lessons. Each lesson is 20 minutes of one-on-one instruction.
Week 1- Fencing Fundamentals: Building and Honing Technical Skills (April 23 - 25) In any sport, proper technique plays a key role in the success of an athlete. Fencing is no exception, and in the first week, the program will define and review the key fundamentals and mechanics of fencing basics. Topics include proper En Garde positioning, execution of fencing footwork, basic blade actions and positions, and the mechanics of a lunge.
Week 2- Distance, Distance: Controlling and Penetrating Space (Apr 30 - May 1) Now that we have the technical tools, the question becomes when and how to use them. Fencing is a game of manipulating the distance to create and control offensive and defensive situations. In this week, students will learn to recognize the critical distances in fencing and develop tools to expand and collapse the distance to create opportunities on the strip.
Week 3- Tempo and Timing: The Rhythms of a Bout (May 7-9) In the same way that each fencer has a unique distance defined by their physical capabilities, every bout has distinct rhythms that are created as fencers move with one another on the strip. Identifying, interacting with, and manipulating the rhythms of a bout can be critical in creating successful attacks and disrupting an opponent’s attempts to score. Students will spend this week learning the difference between tempo and timing and explore ways to use these concepts to create advantageous situations in a fencing match.
Week 4- First and Second Intention: The Building Blocks of Fencing Tactic (May 14-16) In order to create opportunities in a bout, fencers must be able to control their opponents and create predictable reactions. In this week, students will learn the difference between first and second intention and how these tacitical choices can be used to force opponents into situations that can be capitalized on during a bout.
Week 5- Who’s in Charge: Offense, Defense, and Transition Moments (May 21-23) Everything that occurs in a bout can be categorized as offense, defense, or a transition between those two moments. Recognizing and properly interacting wit these moments is critical in making good technical and tactical choices. Students will apply the concepts discussed in previous weeks to the ideas of offense, defense, and transitions to help manage and anticipate the various tactical moments that arise as fencers jockey for position.
Week 6- What’s Going On: Situational Awareness During a Bout (May 28-30) To be a successful fencer, you need to be aware of more than just your opponent. Where on the strip are actions taking place? How much time is left in a bout? What is the score and how does that impact the choices each fencer makes? All of these questions (and more) can have a huge impact on the outcome of a bout, so it’s important to develop awareness of these patterns. In this week, students will focus on specific bout scenarios and situations to increase awareness and decision making during a bout.
Week 7- For the Win: Putting it all Together (June 4 - June 6) It’s time to put all of these concepts together in a competitive environment. IN the final week of the program, students will apply the tools they have developed in various competitive formats, including one-touch, five-touch, fifteen-touch, and team-relay systems that replicate the tournament styles fencers encounter at the high school, regional, national, international, and collegiate levels of competition. This week we will also invite the Parents to attend an informational session each evening to learn how to get involved in competitive fencing tournaments for your child’s skill level and age in the 2019-2020 season.
If you wish to customize your weeks or if you have any questions, please contact us: 201-880-7029 or email@example.com.