Fencing

Fencing Now in Brooklyn!

Aviator Sports and Events Center has partnered with New Amsterdam Fencing Academy to provide a comprehensive training program in the sport of fencing. From recreational fencers to national competitors, from 1st graders to teens on their high-school team and beyond, the focus at Aviator is on learning, growth, fitness, confidence and mastery.

Group classes form the core of our program. Here, students become familiar with the fundamental movements and prerequisites of competitive fencing. The emphasis is on coordination, fitness, and basic fencing skills – a strong foundation upon which to build.

The sport of fencing is a uniquely classic sport. It has a history, drama, romance, style, and art, plus all of the advantages of an active and physically demanding sport. Mentally, it is mind consuming, not allowing a moment’s break.

There are many benefits to participating in fencing. It develops discipline, balance, coordination, and sportsmanship. Fencing helps children develop quicker reflexes and the ability to make lightning fast analyses of tactical situations.

Through fencing, children learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. They learn to compete independently as well as for a team. They learn to enjoy winning and profit from defeats, while becoming physically fit and healthy. Most importantly, they learn to make complex decisions, analyze problems, and think fast. These ideals help children reach their potential in many areas other than fencing.

The benefits of fencing extend to the college recruitment process. College coaches are now recruiting fencers with years of competitive experience in the local, national, and international realms. Many of the colleges that recruit experienced fencers are among the nation’s elite: Harvard University, Princeton University, and University of Pennsylvania are some of the many universities that look for top scholar-athletes to join their fencing programs.

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Fencing Classes at Aviator Sports

Six and eight year old beginning swordsmen engage in an hour-long class that uses the building blocks of competitive fencing to emphasize the importance of working together while also fostering the child’s ability to think individually and critically starting from an early age. First through third graders engage in games and exercises that focus on the development of hand-eye coordination, general fitness, and body movement.

Participant Ages: 6-8 years old

Day: Wednesday

Time: 4:00 pm-4:55 pm

Cost: $280

Program length: March 7-April 25

*$35 Annual Aviator Membership is required for each student.

At the New Amsterdam Fencing Academy, fencers aged 9 to 12 are ready to commit to an hour (Beginner) or two-hour long (Advanced) group class emphasizing the technical and the tactical aspects of the sport.  Training is geared towards developing speed, strength, endurance, confidence, focus and self-control, all skills that help children do well not merely in fencing, but in school and in other organized sports.

Participant Ages: 9-12 years old

Day: Wednesday

Time: 5:00 p.m.-5:55 p.m.

Cost: $280

Program length: March 7-April 25

*$35 Annual Aviator Membership is required for each student.

The Junior program for students ages 13-and-up offers a two-hour class integrating intricate footwork, advanced weapon control, strategy and tactics, as well as the long-term self-discipline key to navigating a successful adolescence. Each fencer is encouraged to set their own personal and athletic goals, ranging from qualifying for a school team to competing at the national level to an opportunity for earning college scholarships.  While always keeping the ultimate objective in mind, coaches work individually with each of our athletes to help them reach their full potential.

Participant Ages: 13+ years old

Day: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 p.m.-7:55 p.m.

Cost: $400

Program length: March 7-April 25

*$35 Annual Aviator Membership is required for each student.

Private lessons are also key to fencing success.  This traditional master/apprentice format, the history of which goes back to Renaissance Europe, provides a critical element of the young fencer’s training as well as establishes a solid, long-term mentor relationship with the coach, a springboard for future competitive success.

Participant Ages: 6+ years old

Day: Wednesday

Cost: $50 per 20 minute session

Program length: March 7-April 25

Private lessons will be scheduled on a first come, first serve/advanced schedule basis, with time slots available every 20 minutes from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.