Going On Every Day
Coach Bill gives a fun Halloween-time sword demonstration.
Special Programs at VAFSpecial programs available to VAF members enrich the students training. Fencers participate with world famous athletes in master clinics and workshops. Students further hone their skills in VAF training competitions and supervised free fencing.
Mariel Zagunis Wins Gold
Dr. John Heil, Sports Psychologist consultant for the United States Fencing Association, was a recent visitor.
World renowned Coach Vladimir Nazlymov
trains members of Virginia Academy of Fencing.
Duke University Coach Alex Beguinet explains a move
to a student attending his participatory workshop
in foil techniques.
VAF members attend free workshops held throughout the year on various fencing related topics. Often, workshops are participatory, involving hands on exposure to a new weapon or skill.
Some of the workshops held include:
"Competitions & Competing" by Coach Alex Wood
"Family Fencing Day" with Coach Bill Grandy
"So You Want To Fence in College?" by Coach James Murray
"Dueling in the Renaissance" by Coach Tom Leoni
"Pumpkin Cutting with Historical Swords" by Coach Bill Grandy
Training CompetitionsThe first step to gain competitive experience is to participate in VAF training competitions which are fantastic opportunities for those who just want to compete for the first time or prepare for a higher level of fencing. Events are fenced in a format similar to United States Fencing Association competitions, but in a much friendlier and more helpful environment. Participants easily learn the skills, procedures, and etiquette necessary to compete at local/divisional and national events. At the end of each event, a pizza dinner is served for all competitors.
DemonstrationsDo you have a group interested in a fencing demonstration, either Olympic sport or historical swordsmanship? Bringing a group to our studio can be arranged. Ages 9 and over work best. Pricing is based on the length of presentation and the number of participants; please contact the business office at 703 321-4922 or fence@VAFinc.com for more information.
Past presentations have included scout troops, schools, adventure enthusiasts, singles clubs and corporate team building groups.
Supervised Free Fencing
For All VAF Members
Fencers face off as coach watches.
Open to all Intermediate, Advanced, and Competitive class members for Olympic Sport and Historical Swordsmanship. Supervised Free Fencing is a great opportunity for students to practice what they learn in class, refine their skills, and to meet other fencing enthusiasts. An assigned coach helps fencers get acquainted, gives tips on fencing techniques, helps direct bouts, and assists with any questions they may have. Members are not required to attend the entire session.
|Tuesdays||6:00 pm – 7:00 pm||Sport and Historical|
|Sundays||12:00 pm –1:00 pm||Sport and Historical|