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Report on Coaches Academy 2019

 

Coaches Academy attracts international coaches

 

In late July among the rolling hills at the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, twenty-six coach-trainees, including those from Saudi Arabia and Egypt, participated in the fourth annual USFCA Coaches Academy’s week of intensive coaches training and certification examinations.

 

The hands-on 6 hour long weapon-specific sessions included teaching group and individual lessons, plus special lectures on Armory for the Coach, Winning in the Box, Fencing as a Business, and Exercises for Injury Prevention for Fencing Coaches.  Each weapon group had a good instructor to student ratio of about 5 – 1.  

 

Twenty certification examinations were given for various levels.  Four moniteurs were earned, 8 prevots, and four maitres. “This is not the end,” said USFCA President Peter Burchard, “but just the beginning of the learning process and the journey of coaching careers.”

 

For the past two years the USFCA has awarded two scholarships per year to attend the Academy.  This year’s recipients were Princess Simpson Rashid from Jacksonville, FL and Myra Hall from Atlanta Fencers Club.  Coaches came from a wide variety of clubs and states, including California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as the Middle East.  

 

The exemplary staff included Maître Walid Mahran, Maître Mark Masters, Maître Paul Sise, Maître Peter Burchard, Olympian Dima Boyko and armory specialist Michael Mergens.

 

In the coming months look for more information on the 2020 USFCA Coaches Academy in Beaverton, Oregon

 

 

 

5th Annual Coaches Academy in Beaverton, Oregon 

( A virtual alternative is in the works)

 

The fifth annual Coaches Academy will take place this year from July 18-25 in Beaverton, Oregon (closest airport Portland) in collaboration with the newly renovated North West Fencing Center. Attendees will enjoy an intensive week of instruction, collaboration, learning, special presentations and certification examinations found nowhere else in the US fencing community.

The hands-on daily 6-hour-long weapon-specific sessions include teaching group and individual lessons, plus special lectures on Armory for the Coach, Winning in the Box, Fencing as a Business, and Plyometrics and Exercises for Injury Prevention for Fencing Coaches.  Each weapon group will have an instructor to student ratio of about 5 – 1.   

For the past three years, the USFCA has awarded two scholarships per year to attend the Academy.  Please apply to the Professional Development Committee for your chance at the scholarships.

The exemplary staff includes Maîtres Cody Mattern, Walid Mahran, Simon Abram, Julien Ouadraogo, Peter Burchard, and NCAA Cornell Head Coach Ariana Klinkov. In addition, there will be special presentations on armory, tactics, strip coaching, footwork, group classes and much more.

 Please plan to attend!

 

 

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