Up Your Game

Level 1: Intermediate

This intermediate foil class builds on skills taught in the Beginner’s Class by reviewing and honing learned and new skills that include:

  • Footwork: Double check, check retreat, cross overs, types of lunges, development of foot tempo.

  • Bladework: Counter parries, circular parries, and beats.

  • Tactical: Introducing separate hand and foot tempo, using footwork to trigger actions and to change tempo, introducing the “moments to go” and the beginnings of building a coherent multi-phrase attack and understanding the basics of right-of-way.

By the time a student completes Level 1, s/he will be required to purchase a mask, plastron, knickers, and a jacket. Financial assistance is available for students and families needing help with these purchases. Contact the office for details.

Enrollment in this level includes weekly group foil classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:30pm, open fencing on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8pm, and our group class on Fridays from 5 to 6:30pm. Fencers are also encouraged to attend our community events, which are designed to be fun bonding activities outside of class.

Level 2:

This advanced class is a significant step up in conditioning and training. Students are expected to dedicate time outside of class times to mastering the skills introduced in drills. Members at this level are encouraged to compete in local tournaments to better prepare and understand themselves as a fencer. Below includes an overview of the staple footwork and bladework that will be taught (noting that some actions will be reserved for foil class) as well as the tactical basis. 

    • Footwork: Building footwork phrases, accelerated foot tempo, slide, fleche, esquive, duck

    • Bladework: Absence of blade and active bladework, parries prime, coupes, counter time and introduction to infighting.

    • Tactical: Separating hand and foot tempo, constructing bout strategy, in depth study of “moments-to-go” choosing hold vs. beat blade actions and creating surprise.

Level 3:

Fencers at this level are actively competing on the divisional and national level. Many are rated or nationally ranked fencers on the competitive track. 

    • Footwork: Advanced footwork actions such as drop and floated lunges, tempo changes inside footwork, controlling the bout space and development of accelerated footwork actions.

    • Bladework: Using deceptive bladework to set up finishing actions, lost hand tempo, and angulated attacks.

    • Tactical: Using the different areas of the strip, bout psychology, tourney prep and situational bouting. Constructing and using a fencing journal, analyzing types of fencers and development of personal areas of excellence.

Open Fencing Only

Open fencing is an integral part of a fencer’s development. MFA hosts open fencing time every Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 7:45pm. If recreational fencers would like to participate in only open fencing, they must own all of the necessary gear, hold an annual membership, and purchase a punch card for 10 open fencing sessions for $110.

Fencers choosing Open Fencing Only are required to provide all of their own equipment.

For Open Fencing, full gear is required, including plastron, knickers, and long socks.