Coaches Clinics, Training, and Continuing Education

The noble privilege of the Fencing Master is to defend and enhance the prestige, passion and poetry of the sword, and instill them into the heart and mind of the pupil. While he must be able to treat adequately the spiritual side of the art, his aim and toil is to demonstrate the architectural beauty of the science and the harmonious simplicity of its laws. Only by complete devotion to his profession will he accomplish his duty – to help fencing retain and expand its honored place among the more worth-while activities of mankind.

Aldo Nadi

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is dedicated to developing fencing coaches through educational programs. The PDC coordinates coaching education through coaching clinics, webinars, and the annual Coaches Academy. Anyone interested in hosting a Coaching Clinic should contact the Chair of the USFCA's Professional Development Committee (PDC), Vinnie Bradford. Maîtresse Bradford and the PDC assists the USFCA Regional Vice Presidents in coordinating the regional clinics and strengthening the training programs.

To host a fencing coaching clinic in your region please contact Vinnie Bradford via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at 817-995-2535. You can download the Clinic Hosting Application here: 

Incentive Funds available for Fencing Coaching Clinics

Because the USFCA believes that coaching education is one of the most important things we can do to grow and better our sport we are implementing the Clinic Rewards Program. The Professional Development Committee has instituted a new incentive program to help clinic hosts make their coaching development programs profitable and successful. All USFCA sanctioned clinics are eligible for $20 reimbursement per USFCA member participant. To receive this incentive reward submit the Organizers Evaluation Form and the Clinic Participant Evaluations  to Vinnie Bradford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Be sure you follow the Procedures for Conducting Participant Evaluations. A clinic organizer can expect to recieve the incentive rewards after all documentation has been processed.

The USFCA Professional Development Committee

Grows the modern sport of fencing through inspiring and innovative coaching education

  • Vinnie Bradford, Chair
  • Mark Masters
  • Kate Sierra
  • Jerry Benson
  • Jeremy Schmid
  • Kathy Vail
  • Ina Harizanova