Looking for an all-year sport for your kids? Fencing builds fitness, endurance, patience, and resilience!

Fencing has been described as “physical chess”. The comparison is apt: While emphasizing all-round physical fitness, fencing emphasizes lightning analytical capabilities to evaluate a situation and respond with an appropriate action under the rules of the game.

But fencing also is just pure FUN! “Each ‘bout’ (individual fencing match) is like a new book, with plot twists and turns that you have to respond and adapt to — and then re-write your own ‘story’ based on the new information,” says Chris Amberger, who coaches fencing at Baltimore MidAtlantic Fencing Academy in Towson. “It takes a lot of observation, testing, thinking, and plotting.”

Youth Beginners (ages 7-13)

Start: New classes start every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month 5:30PM at Wheeler Hall, 500 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, MD 21204.

Students will build up agility and stamina in an age-appropriate but challenging class involving:

  • Stretch, Strength & Agility Exercises
  • Footwork
  • Bladework
  • Bouting

Coach Larbi Soufiane will introduce your child to the concepts of modern competitive fencing in a cooperative, kids-friendly atmosphere. Our program focuses on teaching the proper way to move (balanced advancing, retreating, lunging, acceleration units), using distance both for offense and defense, using the foil both to score on the opponent and to keep from getting scored on). At the end of the course, the students will get to experience fencing using the electric scoring apparatus.

The club provides all gear: masks, gloves, plastrons (a protective garment worn over the shoulder and armpit of the sword warm), and foils.

Our first Youth Beginners Class in 2020 will start on January 8, 2020, with new Groups starting every first Wednesday of the month!

Location: Wheeler Hall at Loyola Blakefield, 500 Chestnut Avenue, Towson MD 21204.

Sign Up Here!

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If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact Coach Chris Amberger at jcamberger@gmail.com.

For questions regarding registration and sign-up, please contact Chantal Cross at ccross@loyolablakefield.org.