8/31/14: Information about Tuesday's class
We are two days away from our first fencing night in Goleta. Here are some updates:
- Tuesday classes will be held in the Dining Hall at the Goleta Vally Community Center. When you enter through the front doors, go right and follow the hallway around the building. I know: it sounds funny to say that we'll be fencing in a dining hall. But in time, perhaps the GVCC will be serving meals in the Fencing Hall.
- The Goleta Vally Community Center is in Old Town Goleta, on Hollister Ave. There is plenty of parking in front and in back of the center.
- Our time at the GVCC starts at 6 pm. From 6 until 6:15, we'll check-in and play some warm-up games. Following that, we'll have some conditioning until ~6:45. Then we'll suss out some new rules and procedures for the new location, and get to sparring and drills. Drills for the month of September will be more elementary as we shake off the rust from the summer.
- All participants need to be members of USFA. You have to show me your USFA card, or a receipt, before starting to fence. I will not have paper forms at practices.
- Bring all your equipment. I hope to set up at least two strips after 7 pm. If there is something you do not have, then we can talk about it at practice. Oh, and remember: an important piece of equipment is a water bottle.
- Dues for the month of September will be $60, payable by cash or check. Please be on time with your payments.
- Although I am hoping to start up sessions on Thursdays in Santa Barbara, there will be no class this Thursday, September 4. I'll have more on the expanding venues as the information becomes available.
Etes vous pret? Are you ready?
8/25/14: New Schedule for a New Year
Our first official practice for the Fall will be held at the Goleta Valley Community Center on Hollister Ave at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 2nd.
My tentative schedule for the practice will be to hold a group workout and footwork until ~6:45 pm, and then a drill class until ~7:15 pm. Some folks will probably break away from the drills to set up an electric strip or two, and electric sparring will begin around 7:00 pm. If you are only interested in electric fencing, then please show up a few minutes before 7. By 7:30 pm, I suspect everyone remaining will be fencing electric. At this point, I will be working with the more-competitive students. Practice will last until 8:45 pm, at which point *everyone* needs to help clean up.
Depending on how this class-plan holds, I will repeat it on Thursday, September 4th. Only, the class will be at the Westside Community Center in Santa Barbara, on the corner of Victoria and Castillo streets.
This is an exciting time for the club. Please stay tuned while we work out some kinks in scheduling, pricing, and curriculum.
Community members who are curious about fencing are welcome to show up and participate, provided they have purchased the non-competitive membership from the US Fencing Association. See our Introductory Classes page for more information.
6/25/14: Results from Summer National Championships
Congratulations to Sean Strong, our only club member to head to National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. In his first event, Division 1A Epee, Sean finished 7th in a field of 78. This is Sean's best finish to date. The complete results can be found here:
6/21/14: Schedule for next week
There was some confusion about whether or not there would be practice last Saturday, what with it being Solstice. In fact, there was sparring. To keep everything as clear as possible, the schedule for the week is posted to the right.
If you show up on Saturday, then I would greatly appreciate it if you would stick around for a little while and help me with some cleaning and organizing. There's a lot of stuff to move.
And if you show up on Monday, June 30, for sparring, then bring something. We'll have a party.