If you're a sports fan, The Marin Fencing Academy in San Rafael is the place you want to be.
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Sport Fencing Center has carried on fencing's centuries-old flame by instilling the sport's values within new generations of competitors. Students as young as five lunge and parry on the facility's nine fencing strips, each outfitted with electronic scoring machines. Co-owners Karen Ladenheim and Darwin Martos coach mechanics and strategy during instructional programs taught to students of all experiences and abilities. Novices start off in introductory courses, wherein they'll learn basics such as footwork and blade work while improving speed and mobility, while experts might work on advanced footwork, tournament preparation, and their ability to steal s'more marshmallows in the Competitive Program.
With more than 160 acres across 18 parks, the City of Woodland Community Services Department aims to better the lives of area residents through a variety of activities, facilities, and special events. Athletic adults can join up with organized sports leagues in softball, baseball, or volleyball, while kids can enjoy basketball, boxing, and even jiujitsu and fencing. A huge variety of programs for seniors are also offered, such as art classes, health and wellness sessions, and high-stakes bingo.
Since it was founded in 2006, San Francisco Fencers Club has weathered a furious storm of praise. For the past three years it has been named a top contender for The Bay Area A List's Best Sport and Social Club, and it took the number one spot in 2010. It has also nurtured many star pupils, some of whom have earned top spots at the World Cup, snagged national medals, and been accepted to top schools, including Princeton, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, and Vassar.
Behind each champion stands the club's team of seasoned coaches. These teachers keep class sizes small, so they can help students achieve technical excellence while emphasizing the importance of having fun and making friends. Classes take place atop contemporary, sprung, wood fencing floors, and points are tallied by an electronic scoring system, as opposed to a giant abacus hanging from the ceiling.
With a dedication to the fine art of foil mastery, the coaches at Coastside Academy of Fencing guide students of all ages and abilities through a gamut of group fencing classes and private lessons. Founder maestro Anthony Joslin, who boasts coaching credentials acquired in Paris and a fencing masters diploma earned with honors in Budapest, works to fine-tune students' abilities and instill positive and respectful sportsmanship. Maestro Tomek Amborski, three-time national champion in his native Poland, also hones fencers' competitive edges with four decades of competitive-fencing expertise. The maestros consistently train award-winning students and also improve their agility, speed, and ability to duel rogue orchestra conductors.
Foils clash and ring out through Davis Fencing Academy as students practice basic guards and prepare to spar. Sword master Simon Pitfeild walks up and down the line, correcting a grip here or an angle of attack there. His years of fighting at UC Davis, at the French Academy of Arms, and with the City of Davis fencing program are evident as you watch his precise style and the attention to detail he shows as he leads the team of coaches at Davis Fencing Academy.
Classes accommodate students of all skill levels, ranging from Mini Musketeer lessons for 6- to 8-year-olds to advanced training for adults who want to perfect their techniques or work toward competition. Adult and youth beginners’ classes introduce footwork and blade work for the foil, sabre, and épée, with the option of progressing to intermediate and advanced footwork classes. After lessons, students can engage in open sparring to hone their reflexes and practice monogramming everyone’s uniforms with their own initials.