Thursday, March 23, 2017
 


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USFCA announces staff, schedule for 2017 Coaches Academy

Fencing Masters, including US Fencing Coaches Association President Peter Burchard, Olympian and former Coaches College Staff Vincent Bradford, world champion coach Mark Masters, Paul Sise, Jennifer Oldham and Prevot Ariana Klinkov will run the Coaches Academy five-day intensive training sessions from July 30 to August 6 at Keystone College, La Plume, PA.  Read more...


The Di Rosa methodology

A teaching progression for fencing 

Foreword by Gil Pezza

This work is the English version of the summary of a presentation that Maestro Di Rosa made in 1981, at a workshop for fencing coaches in Rome, Italy. Readers should note that his first student to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics Games was Fabio Dal Zotto in 1976, at age 19. Therefore, Maestro Di Rosa was already applying the principles highlighted herein in the early 1960s. Although his methodology is still clearly unique and brilliant today, it is even more so, if we consider that he was teaching it at a time in Italy when leaders of the Italian classical school of fencing were still the ruling class in Italian fencing. Indeed, his teachings and the stellar results of his student in competition, challenged the precepts of classical school and ruffled many feathers. For this reason, for many years, Maestro Di Rosa was politically ostracized and never given the true credit he deserved. In my recent article, “On the Classification of Elements”, I refer to this presentation by Maestro Di Rosa as the masterpiece of original thought in modern fencing literature.

Maestro Di Rosa challenged the application of geometry to fencing. In his school effectiveness trumped efficiency.  Read More... [must be a USFCA member & Logged in to read more]


Women fencing coaches forum

Olympian and 1995 cadet world foil champion Iris Zimmermann and Rochester Fencing Club will host a live leadership forum for women fencing coaches on August 12, 2017 from 12-2pm (eastern time).  Details and registration information will be announced soon. Zimmermann also created the Women Fencing Coaches Facebook group to encourage discussion among women coaches.


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Sabre "Perfect" Drill demonstrated by Maitre Rob Handelman.
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When something is done right, you give positive reinforcement. And when something is done wrong, you should show them why it is wrong.
Al Scates, Head Coach UCLA
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