A Hangtown fencing coach leads each class.
Each one is different, but this describes a typical class in saber.
Phase I: Warm up. Aerobic conditioning via soccer, intervals, relay races, etc.
Phase II: Footwork--the key to success in saber fencing.
Bruce Lee recommended all his students study fencing to develop their footwork.
Phase III: Drills. Pair off with another student and develop your skills and fencing understanding against an oppoenent.
Phase IV: Hook up to the electric machines and bout with everyone in class.
Success in fencing is nearly impossible without private lessons.
While our directed group classes--not the norm in most fencing clubs--develop
an overall game, every fencer has their own unique strengths and weaknesses.
It takes one-on-one work with a coach to build on your strengths and
minimize your weaknesses.
Fencing competitions are a critical metric for determining how well
you're able to understand and apply what you learn in class.
They allow you to set goals over the season and work towards them.
You'll compete when your coach gauges you're ready.