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Outdoor fencing continues: It’s your own fault if you’re not fencing!

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Every Tuesday and Friday, at 6:00 PM sharp—that’s 1800 hours for you military types—BMFA’s adult epee team meets at the upper athletic field of Towson High School to keep in shape and maintain a steady supply of dime-sized bruises on our arms and chest.

Continue reading “Outdoor fencing continues: It’s your own fault if you’re not fencing!”

When is it okay to let your kid quit music lessons?

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At Coach Chris’ house: When you leave for college! After all, it builds character!

If you’re ready to kick the kids out of the house and lock up the violins or oboes that have been making life an acoustic hell for the past 2 weeks of CORVID19 “social isolation,” I have bad news for you:

Looks like schools won’t reopen for another month, making another 4 weeks of “Bah-Bah Black Sheep” scratched out on a tiny violin inevitable.

That also means BMFA will be closed until further notice from our gracious hosts at Loyola Blakefield. Please check in at this page and at our FB pages for notices!

3/13/20: Last Fencing before the Rona Vacation: See you at Knott Hall!

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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!

 

Fencing in the Time of the Plague

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Until we are told to “shelter in place”… under the dining room table… wearing aluminum foil headwear…

OR, alternatively,

Loyola Blakefield decides to extend spring break until summer…

…BMFA fencing classes and open bouting are happening as scheduled.

Please pay attention to the notifications send out by Ms. Cross: We may me relocated from Wheeler Hall to the Performance Gym on the shortest of notices.

Extra credit: Whoever provides an adequate translation of the above image’s text gets a free electric foil.

Whoever provides a less-than-adequate translation also gets a free electric foil!

2/28/2020: Performance Gym it is!

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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.

Learn to Fence classes start every first Wednesday of the month!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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!

[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 jcamberger@gmail.com.

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

 

We mean it: BMFA holiday closings!

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No classes or lessons or open bouting on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31!

(Please note the clever rendering of Christmas Day on our scoring machine!)

Holiday closings: Dec. 24 and 31, 2019

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Fencing — or watch children happily dance around Christmas trees (or whatever holiday decorations you put up)…

Fencing — or clink glasses and graze opulent New Years Eve buffets with friends and family…

Tough choices, we know.

But sometimes, we have to make tough choices.

Accordingly, BMFA will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 (a.k.a., Christmas Eve) and Dec. 31 (a.k.a., New Year’s Eve.)

Put simply for our teenage members, such as Mr. Aidan “Captain Plum” Owens:

NO FENCING 12/24 and 12/24!

 

Nov. 8, 2019: Extra core and conditioning work with Sebastian Amberger

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I have pressed USRowing National Team member (and son) Sebastian Amberger into service to do conditioning with the 6:30 and 7:30 classes today.
There’ll be lots of running and core work. And remember, we’re at the Lower Gym in Knott Hall again today!

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