The Way of the Sword developed the S.T.A.R. pedagogical approach for getting results and fostering fencing as a life-long sport while striving for the best possible results for fencers both on and off the strip.

Our S.T.A.R. approach consists of four "units" predicated on a continuous cycle: 


S= Study

T= Train

A= Apply

R= Repeat

Unit 1:  Study the discipline of fencing 

We teach the art and science of fencing through 1-1 private instruction.  Our curriculum focuses on the fundamentals first but is progressive and always challenges the student at their level.  We teach theoretical, technical, and tactical skills proven to get results in today's competitive environment while making it an enjoyable and engaging experience. Through continuous 1-1 learning, students master the nuances of the sport, feel supported, and build confidence, resulting in greater retention and results.  

Unit 2:  Train like an athlete (even if you are not one...yet.)

We instill the love of training by making it rewarding as opposed to punitive. It takes years to develop an athlete and we understand the importance of our role in teaching students to honor themselves through self-care and self-advocacy. By instilling the value of hard work and self-respect, we not only improve students' performance on the strip but, equally, their behavior for life. Group classes are geared toward developing autonomous fencers through conditioning, agility, and physical fitness. 

Unit 3:  Apply what you know.  

Apply your skill by participating in open fencing and formal tournaments on a regular basis. Emerge stronger, smarter, and better-prepared for your next bout through continuous application. We host monthly tournaments at WAY, across all age groups, as well as travel to tournaments. As fencers improve their skill, they gradually branch out both locally and nationally. Coaches use tournament results as a "barometer" to assess skill levels. 
Open fencing provides in-house practice sessions that simulate tournaments. We believe that "practice makes possible."

Unit 4: Repeat the process

Students return to their coach for lessons and core instruction where their performance is assessed and instruction is revised. It takes perseverance and commitment to see growth and improved results. Make time for classes and practice on a consistent schedule. Communicate with coaches about your goals. WAY is here to support you through your struggles and to congratulate you on your victories.

Located in downtown Ridgefield across from Veteran Park Elementary School

21 Governor Steet Ridgefield, CT 06877  (203) 529-1320 



Please contact Coach Mike Martin with any questions or set up an appointment to visit us.