Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy:
This is an Introductory and Intermediate fencing coaching clinic featuring several experienced and professional coaches as presenters, including Bruce Gillman, Paul Sise, World Chamption Wang Yung, and John Krauss.
It will focus on coaching the fundamental actions, putting them into group and individual lessons, and how to include footwork as a tactical element in the lessons.
USFCA Assistant Moniteur, Moniteur, and Prevot practical exams will be available. USFCA Examiner Training will also be given to eligible Prevots and Masters attending.
Wang Yung, Paul Sise, and John Krauss are certified Fencing Masters. Yung and Sise are currently Chair and Assistant Chair of the USFCA's Certification and Accreditation Board.
Krauss is a former USFCA Vice-President. Bruce Gillman is a certified Prevot, Head Coach of the Vassar College fencing team, and a well known referee national referee
See Maitre Yung's website for more information about him:
See here for testimonials from previous clinics given by Krauss and Sise:
9 am till 4 pm each day, with additional time in the evenings for exams as necessary
Venue & Host:
Pioneer Valley Fencing Academy
94 Cottage Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Contact PVFA (for local information):
Coach Paul Sise
Save money by preregistering and paying prior to April 1st! The early registration fee is $200.
If you register and pay on or after April 1st the fee is $250.
Fencers (non-coaches) wishing to attend and take a lot of lessons are encouraged to attend for $100 for the weekend.
Exams have separate fees and are paid through the USFCA website.
Send checks to the host venue made out to PVFA or pay at the door. Thank you.
Easthampton itself does not have a hotel. The Quality Inn and Suites in Northampton is only about 15 minutes away.
USFCA Assistant Moniteur, Moniteur, and Prevot practical exams will be available.
A limited number of exams will be offered. If you are interested in an exam, please email Paul Sise at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each weapon has separate practical exams, so if you would like to be a 3 weapon Moniteur, you'll need to take one written exam but register for, pay for, and take three separate practical exams. If demand for Moniteur exams is high, priority will be given to getting each person
certified in one weapon rather than having only a of couple people take multiple exams.
How to register for USFCA exams:
Requirements prior to practical examination (at clinic):
-Website Password and User ID - To take on-line written tests.
-Pass exam required written test.
-Payment of exam fees to USFCA
1. Go to http://www.usfca.org
2. To Register for exam and to pay membership on-line at
, you will need to create a website login user ID
and password to use the on-line registration process. Go to
. On the right top of the Home webpage, click "Register" and follow the procedures to obtain a User ID/Password.
3. After you are able to log onto the website, go to "Membership" on the top menu, read the benefits and scroll to bottom of page to the link to
join on-line, then follow procedures to join the USFCA on-line.
4. Then, go to "Certification", and read carefully the information for examination, then on the side bar, choose "Exam Registration" and follow procedures to take an examination.
5) (IMPORTANT) Bring proof of passing the written exam and proof of paying for the practical exam to the clinic. We will not be accepting payment for exams at the clinic.
Click here to register.