I have a club in Robstown, which is about a 20 minute drive from Corpus Christi and is the only one in the area. We are located at 415 E. Main. If you are coming in from Corpus on Agnes Street, you will turn right on highway 77. You will travel a couple of blocks and turn left at the car wash where you must cross under the highway. This is Main Street. You will continue down Main, passing up the Nueces County Library and Chevrolete dealer on the left. You will cross railroad tracks and continue traveling down Main Street. After a few blocks you will see an old theater building with a marqui shaped like a wave. This used to be the Gulf Theater; however it is now Coastal Gymnastics Academy. We have classes upstairs on Mondays and Thursdays. On both days from 6:00-7:30 we offer beginning foil classes. On Mondays from 7:30-9:00 we offer sabre lessons and open fencing, and on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 my advanced kids get epee and sabre lessons. I have only been doing this since October, but it has really been successful. We have a great deal of fun and cater to all skill levels and ages. Just to give you an idea of how at least one of my students feels about fencing, I'll share an e-mail that I recieved last night about class. Note that she is 50+ years old.
" I LOVE FENCING. I REALLLLLLLLLLY ENJOYED TONIGHT. I was in a great mood till I got home and discovered one of the dogs had peed in the kitchen. BUT, I love fencing.I'm on vacation next wk so would it be okay if I come Monday night. Is there anyone who fences foil on Monday nights?... I just think its dandy exercise. Plus it puts me in a better mood. I'm hoping to be able to do both M and Th night next wk if its (a) okay with you (b) it works out with my schedule...Did I tell you I'm trying to jump rope in the mornings before I go to work. A little jumping rope a little footwork. All to the good. Another good thing, tonight at HEB my bp was again normal. Yippee. I am so excited... thanks ever so much for letting me join your class. I LOVE IT. Time to put my USA fencing bumper sticker on my truck. cow a bun ga rocky."
I never met John, but things have been coming along quite well at CBFS. We now fence from 6-9 on Monday and Thursday nights. Newbies learn foil first, and we usually have enough experienced adults that walkins get one-on-one lessons. As new fencers become comfortable with foil, we have adults that can teach them sabre and epee. Incidentally, I now hold a Moniteur certification in foil and sabre and Lei Tan has his in sabre.
We also have a wonderfully harmonious group that does all kinds of things to help out. This was probably obvious at our tournament, but they did not stop there! Lately, my fencers have been up to all kinds of mischief!! They created and installed racks for masks and weapons and purchased timing clips for weapons where we basically have three full electric strips. Additionally, one of my newest fencers is busy right now creating a new website for us, so my days of maintaing the website may be over. I have even been able to take off a few nights this summer. Imagine that? Just when I was almost overwhelmed, God sent help!!!
Now we are looking at the possiblity of opening a second salle in Corpus Christi on Staples Street near Padre Staples Mall where Lei Tan is planning on opening a Kuman Learning Center, and we are hoping to hold a sabre clinic, possibly before the summer ends. I will let you guys know more as things develop.
I am truly amazed that all of this has happened in less than two years. Things are really rockin' in the Corpus area, and I whole-heartedly thank everyone that has helped us get where we are right now!!!
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2005 23:18:53 GMT -6 by saberbobcat
Sorry, Longblade. Now I have the time to address your comment in a little more detail. The Salle in Robstown was a great place to start up our club with lots of support and help from Phil Salazar at CGA. However, the Corpus Salle at Lei Tan's Kumon Learning Center held more promise because of the size of the city and the exact location. The facility is a bit smaller than CGA, but the AC is awsome and the construction is very new. I was really bogged down trying to teach fencing two nights a week in two different locations (especially being injured for about a month), so I discussed the issue with my fencers. My opinion was agreeable with everyone in the club, so now we are fencing one night a week in Corpus. Lei Tan has been a great help by offering us his place for a more than reasonable price. Additionally, right now I owe a lot to Tim Kellogg and Terry Groff. They covered classes for me while my leg was healing. Last night I officially returned to coaching. Man- it was GREAT to be back!!!
Last Edit: Nov 3, 2005 19:48:14 GMT -6 by saberbobcat
We are back in Robstown officially. Phil is a gracious man, indeed. We are fencing on Thursday nights from 7-10 p.m. at Coastal Gymnastics Academy at 415 E Main. Meanwhile, Phil has started lots of renovations. The place is really starting to look nice.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity go down to fence with your dedicated little group of die-hards on Friday, Grace! (On an alternate day because of Thanksgiving.) I really needed to work off some of that turkey before it became a permanent part of me! Thanks!
The place looks a lot better cleaned up and repainted! The folks, as always, were very gracious and happy to see some new blood... err... different competition. You've got a good group no matter where y'all meet! ;D
Longblade, thanks for coming down and fencing sabre and epee with us. I got the ever loving snot whipped out of me since it was my first time back on a strip since my injury, but that is OK. Watch out... I'll be ready when you come back next time.
Tim & Marty, I promise we will get something going when my personal life slows down a little bit. It really has been awful lately. Moving the salle to Corpus and back only complicated things, too. On top of that, this year I have been solely responsible for implementing a brand new reading program at my real job. So... I don't mean to put you guys off. I promise I'll holler when we are ready.
Hi. I have a 11 yr old daughter that is very interested in Fencing. We live in CC and I am having a hard time finding a place. Are yall still in Robstown? What nights/times etc. and what equipment does she need to have to come try it? She received her 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo in December and is looking to something in addition to Taekwondo now. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated.
Hi. I have a 11 yr old daughter that is very interested in Fencing. We live in CC and I am having a hard time finding a place. Are yall still in Robstown? What nights/times etc. and what equipment does she need to have to come try it? She received her 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo in December and is looking to something in addition to Taekwondo now. Any information you can give me would be much appreciated. JoLee
JoLee: It'll probably be a couple of days before Saberbob can answer your questions since she just moved and the land line and internet isn't up yet, but I can help you out. (I go down to help coach and repair equipment every month or so.) The Coastal Bend Fencing Society meets every Thursday, except on Thanksgiving Day and during the week or so of Summer Nationals or Junior Olympics, from 7:00 until 10:00 or 10:30 P.M. Thursday practices are at 415 E. Main Street in Robstown at the Coastal Gymnastics/Cheer building (It was an old Movie Theater - Look for the Marquee). You can reach Grace (Saberbobcat) on her cell phone: 361/ 438-7900. Dress your daughter in warmup pants, a tee-shirt and tennis shoes. They will be able to outfit her with everything else she needs to try it out. Grace does not charge the first time or two to let kids find out if they like it and want to continue. There are a lot of kids near her age at CBFS so she'll have fun and won't be up against just big, hulking adults like me! LongBlade
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