The Way of the Sword developed the S.T.A.R. pedagogical approach to getting results and foster 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. pedagogical approach consists of four "units" predicated on the continuous application in sequence. 


S= Study


A= Apply

R= Repeat

Unit 1:  Study the discipline of fencing 

We teach the art and science of fencing through 1 on 1 private instruction.  Our curriculum focuses on the fundamentals first but is progressive and always challenging the student where they are.  We teach the theoretical, technical, and tactical skills proven to get results in today's contemporary competitive environment while making it an enjoyable and engaging experience. Through continuous 1 on 1 learning, students are able to master the nuances of the sport, feel more 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 in our students by making it enjoyable and rewarding as opposed to punitive. It takes years to develop an athlete and we know our role in teaching students to honor themselves through self-care and self-advocacy. By instilling the value of hard work and self-respect through training, we not only improve their performance on the strip but equally their behavior for life. Training group classes improve conditioning and agility, promote fitness, and train students to be autonomous fencers. Group classes available in two formats. Fundamentals reinforce the core basics that all fencers must continuously improve. Competitive classes ratchet up the level of expectation while fostering a deep feeling of camaraderie amongst students.

Unit 3:  Apply what you know.  

Apply your skill by participating in open fencing times and formal tournaments on a regular basis. Emerge stronger, smarter, and better prepared for your next bout through the continuous application. We host monthly "home games" as well as attend "away games" as fencers improve their skill and branch out both locally and nationally across all age classifications. Coaches will use tournament results as a " barometer" to assess skill levels under pressure. 
Open fencing times are in-house practice sessions that simulate tournament play. We do NOT believe "practice makes perfect." 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.