Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Last Chance to attend 2017 Coaches Academy

Registration closes on Saturday, July 15 (11:59pm) for this year's USFCA Coaches Academy.  The Academy will be held from July 30 - August 6 at Keystone College in La Plume, PA.  Registration can be found on  

The Coaches Academy is part of the USFCA National Training Program, a professional coaching training program leading towards internationally recognized certifications as Monituer, Prevot and Master. Those interested in attending will have the option to choose from the following sessions:

Moniteur Session *July 30-Aug. 4. 

Advanced (Prevot/Master) Session *Aug. 2-6.

USFCA AGM/Conference Seminar package *Aug 2-4

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.  Additional presentations will be made by Olympian/Olympic Coach Dan Kellner, Paralympian and Master Gary van der Wege, Coach Kenny Nopens of Schoolhouse Fencing, US Team Armorer Michael Mergens, Sport Psychologist Dr. Steven Howell, and USA Fencing Staff will round out the cadre. 

Attendees have the option to test for USFCA/Academie d’Armes Internationale coaching certifications.  Click here for USFCA membershiptesting prices and protocols.

Registration is open on under Camps/Clinics until July 15. All sessions include lodging and meals on the Keystone College campus.

FIE Budapest Coaching Academy accepting applications to third coaching session

The FIE Budapest Coaching Academy is calling for applications to its third three month coaching session from September 4 to December 1, 2017.

USA Fencing is accepting applications for coaches and current or recently retired athletes as part of FIE’s Athlete Career Program (ACP).  USA Fencing can nominate one person to attend the academy, however a spot at the academy is not guaranteed.  Application deadline to apply to USA Fencing is July 1, 2017.

The arrival time for the Coaching Academy in Budapest, Hungary will be September 3 and departure will by December 2, 2017.  The courses will be in saber, epee, and foil.  The FIE will cover all the costs (accommodation and meals) and will offer EUR 500 as a contribution for the travel costs (EUR 200 to European students).  At the end of the program, an examination will take place and give, if the participant is successful, a diploma.

The chosen applicant will be notified by July 10.  Click here for more information. 

If you have any questions, please email Sam Callan at

Mattern discusses the "Art of Strip-Side Coaching"

How effective is your strip-side coaching? On April 28th Olympian and USFCA Fencing Master Cody Mattern in conjunction with the USFCA revealed his secrets in the "Art of Strip-Side Coaching."  USFCA members can access the webinar here.

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]


Compound Attacks
demonstrated by Maitre Rob Handelman.
For more information visit San Francisco Youth Fencing

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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