Looking for an all-year sport for your kids? Fencing builds fitness, endurance, patience, and resilience!
Our gracious host, Loyola-Blakefiled, will go into corona-shutdown mode on 3/15. That means until April 3, 2020, none of our carefully developed safety policies will be necessary, as the venue will be closed:
No fencing classes or lessons until April!
We will alert our members if we decide to organize properly social-isolation open-air work-out meets at a different location. After all, Coach Chris has been ordered to stay out of the office until April 6, and as of next Monday probably won’t know what to do with all the free time.
So stay tuned to this website and our Facebook groups!
Meanwhile, see you at Knott Hall’s performance gym tonight!
Youth fencers will be placing their bags in the hallway, wash their hands before, during and after class, and use their own gear at all times.
Parents are encouraged to “socially isolate” (i.e., spend class hunting for toilet paper and hand sanitizer at local retail establishments.)
- Veteran fencers, if you’re old and feeble, stay home! (No, Coach Chris, you still have to show up!) If you’re spry and healthy, please come!
- Open bouting follows all of the above. Please pay your floor fees in crisp, uncirculated bills!
No iPhones or other devices that entice sticking heads together to view inspirational Coach Chris memes or Internet videos are permitted. (See above for an example of those viral, inspirational Coach Chris memes that are all the rage among young people these days!)
We will be thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing all club equipment.
Learn-to-fence and beginners using club equipment will be permitted to take their entire gear home to limit use to only one fencer and, yes, you wear it, you wash it!
There will be Clorox wipes to wipe down masks, gear, and remotes.
If you’re sick, stay home.
Starting Dates: March 4, April 1 (NO FOOLING!), May 6, 2020
Requirements: Come as you are! (Bring long sweatpants and a water bottle!)
Rather than keeping prospective young fencers pining for two whole months if distracted parents miss the sign-up for the previous 8-week introductory class, BMFA now has a rolling sign-up where “new” kids can start every month!
Stop buy to visit our regular youth classes at 6:30PM every Tuesday and Friday (just to see more experienced kids), or be our guest every Wednesday at 5:30PM just to get a feel for what this is all about. (Just let Coach Chris know before, so we can have enough gear at hand if the locating is changed to one of the Knott Hall gyms on short notice.)
We still have open slots for March, and you can sign up right here!
Once again, we have been moved to the Performance Gym at Knott Hall. Pressure’s on—and let Coach Chris know if you need stuff from our supply room.
Knee-joints rejoice, on 2/21, wer’e back again at the four-court gym!
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
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.
[This link gets you to the Registration and Sign-up Menu of the Blakefield Experience. Click on Page 2 and look for Learn-to-Fence Sign-up!
If you have any questions about the program, please don’t hesitate to contact Coach Chris Amberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding registration and sign-up, please contact Chantal Cross at email@example.com.
First Friday: BMFA resumes its full program of classes and private lessons on Friday, January 3, 2020.
There will be no fencing activities on New Year’s Eve: NO FENCING ON DEC. 31, 2019!
Also: If your BMFA has siblings or friends who always have been wanting lear to fence: