Located in downtown Ridgefield across from Veteran Park Elementary School
21 Governor Steet Ridgefield, CT 06877
By studying "the way,” students will develop an appreciation for fencing as a sport and art form while increasing their self-awareness and confidence. At Way of the Sword, we take learning seriously while keeping it fun with activities that challenge the minds and bodies of beginner to advanced level fencers ages 7 to 17. The camp is held in our 11,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned facility located in downtown Ridgefield, CT. We have everything an aspiring swordsman will need. All specialized equipment is available at no additional cost.
Our unique, balanced, curriculum includes fencing instruction while teaching skills for honorable living in today’s fast-paced and often challenging culture. All our camp sessions are progressive in nature and students taking multiple weeks will not repeat earlier basics. We begin each camp with a baseline assessment that serves as the basis for instruction for the rest of the week. Both beginner and intermediate level fencers will benefit from our differentiated instruction approach with heavy emphasis on rewards and positive reinforcement. References are available upon request.
DATES: (Call with inquiries if you need daily drop in)
July 10-14 (beginner 0-1 year of experience)
July 17-21 (advanced 1 to 4 years experience)
July 24-28 (beginner 0-1 year of experience)
July 31 -August 4 (Open to all)
Full-day 9 am to 3 pm Ext. time +$15 per hour
Half-day 9 am to 12 pm (optional by request)
RATES (Members can use their
monthly membership payment as credit for camp.
Avoid a break in service. Stay current.)
Way of the Sword Fencing Academy
21 Governor Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Fully ADA compliant
9 grounded strips
Reception seating area
Clean sate of the art
Campers should wear sneakers, shorts and a second pair of long athletic pants or fencing knickers. Parents, please pack lunch, snacks, and drinks for your young athlete. We are also very close to many places to eat that also deliver. As a general rule, we do not provide food due to possible allergy issues but there are many local stores nearby.
CURRICULUM OPTIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS ARE ROBUST AND MAY INCLUDE:
Intro. to The WAY
Etiquette on and off the "field of play"
Warm-up activities (not like your school gym class)
Foga (yoga for fencers)
Dexterity and agility training
Balance for the better
Hand-eye coordination tasks
Distance and spatial awareness activities
Body movement and dance
Technical blade work drills, skills, and thrills
Private lessons (the WAY to learn)
Group lessons and paired work in foil, epee, and saber
Build your arsenal (how to offensive/defensive actions)
Rules for "right of way"
Second intention skills and games (chess)
Leveraging a strategic, tactical wheel
Conditioning (kids need to know how to build muscle not just use them)
Video screenings and analysis of others and themselves
Open fencing with and without electrical scoring
Cross training by WAY of ping pong & badminton
Challenges of the mind over body
Character education talks (sit down heart to heart conversations)
Social skill building (manners, behaviors, right from wrong)
Decision-making skill building
Team building activities
8 to 10
11 to 12
13 to 14
15 to 16
Beginner (new..everyone started here)
Intermediate (done it, like it)
Advanced (USFA competitor, watch me strut)
Fencing Camp is a great WAY to get started or improve your skills. Beginner and competitive camps all summer long.
Inquires? Call or write us. Want to visit us before camp? No problem.