Alvin Community College is working on plans to offer a semester-length fall course in beginners foil via their Continuing Education program. It is tentatively slated to begin in early September, too soon to get in their catalogue, so any word of mouth is encouraged. Those interested in information or registering are directed to contact Rhonda Myers with ACC's Continuing Education Department via her email: Rhonda Myers.
As with what is developing in Pasadena at San Jacinto College, I used wix to create a quick website to organized information, announcements and (later) photos around.
So I just got the official information as ACC will be presenting it to the world:
Foil Fencing I – (Alvin campus) Personal Enrichment Ages 12 & up
Instruction in the art and science of foil fencing - From the Age of D'Artagnan and Cyrano de Bergerac to the modern Olympic Games, learn the physical and mental skills to allow you to manipulate the sword and your opponent. Each class will consist of footwork and bladework drills, plus supervised bouts and free play. This is a class designed to challenge the student both physically and mentally and provide them with a recreation that they can enjoy for a lifetime.
Foils, jackets, and masks are provided.
Students are asked to bring a glove(gardening , motorcycle or work glove(used for power tools). NO bicycle glove.
Students are asked to wear T-shirt or similar; pants that cover legs and allow freedom of movement (sweatpants, warm-ups, etc); some sort of athletic shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes. NO shorts, jeans, boots, sandals, flip-flops or the like.
ACC Offers Fencing Courses Friday, August 29, 2014
Parry, en garde and riposte are just some of the things students will learn about in the upcoming fencing class offered at Alvin Community College.
The college is providing the course for the first time starting in September. The course will be taught by John Trojanowski, of Dickinson, who is a certified fencing referee.
“You can pick it up at any age,” he said.
There are three forms of fencing: foil, epee and sabre. Trojanowski said the course will focus on foil.
“It’s easy once you know foil to go into epee and sabre,” he said.
In foil, the only way to score is by hitting your opponent with point in the torso, he said. If players hit each other at the same time, the player to lunge first in the exchange wins the point, unless the defender deflects the attacker's blade with their own first..
In epee and sabre, different types of swords are used along with different scoring methods.
Trojanowski said he was interested in fencing for many years before he finally decided to take up the sport in 1995. He enjoyed the sport because of the “intellectual challenge.” Players must constantly focus on their opponent and be able to react in an instant.
“It’s an individual sport,” he said. “It’s one on one. There’s a constant, ongoing mental game.”
Since then he has become certified as a referee by taking the Fencing Officials’ Commission Exam. He referees several tournaments in the area throughout the year.
There is a strong following of fencing in along the Texas Gulf Coast with 12 different fencing clubs in the Houston area alone, Trojanowski said.
Many new fencers are often concerned about the safety of the sport. Trojanowski said puncture injuries from the blades are extremely rare, with perhaps one happening every few years throughout the country.
Safety is paramount among fencing and unsportsmanlike conduct can get fencers ejected from tournaments.
“It is an extremely safe sport,” he said.
Students will learn the basics of foil in the course, which will start on September 15 and end December 1. Classes will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the ACC Gym.
Each class will consist of footwork and bladework drills, plus supervised bouts and free play. The class is open to students of all ages 12 years and older.
Foils, jackets and masks will be provided. Students are asked to bring gloves such as those used for gardening, motorcycles or general work.
Students are asked to wear t-shirts or similar; pants that cover legs and allow freedom of movement such as sweatpants, warm-ups, etc.; athletic shoes, sneakers, tennis shoes. Students are asked not to wear shorts, jeans, boots, sandals or flip-flops.
Cost for the course will be $150 for students living inside the district. There is an additional $20 charge for those living outside the district. To learn more about how to sign up, visit www.alvincollege.edu/CEWD or call 281-756-3729.
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Jul 22, 2019 0:09:48 GMT -6
minaesfanjani: Hello, I am mina and I am 31 years old ,I am going to go Edinburg Texas until next Month, I was a member of national team of IRAN,please help me for finding a club because I have time there, i wana doing fencing
Jul 22, 2019 0:08:46 GMT -6
schlager7: Bryn Ralph teaches at the junior college/
Mar 10, 2018 10:19:42 GMT -6
Thomas: Does anyone know of any fencing in Tyler, Texas?
Jan 10, 2018 12:45:06 GMT -6
pditty: Hello! Looking for any information on instruction for a child in the Tyler, TX area? Thank you!
Oct 1, 2016 18:42:43 GMT -6
mmezest1997: Hello - moving soon to Texas. My kids participate in fechten here in Germany. They are interested in continuing when we move.
Apr 10, 2016 9:33:24 GMT -6
navyfencer: To finish post started about Art Olsen, He was the originator of the "Silverton Highlands International Fencing Tournament. He will be greatly missed.
May 13, 2015 7:20:54 GMT -6
navyfencer: A sad note to older fencers, Art Olsen of Durango CO passed away in Dec. 2014. He was a friend to all, a classical fencer extrorda
May 13, 2015 7:16:19 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux
May 13, 2015 7:09:57 GMT -6
navyfencer: Does anyone know the whereabout's of Patrice Caux? I fenced with him during our early years in Denver
May 13, 2015 7:07:42 GMT -6
greekfire: Gyroscope balls? Who carries them?
Mar 19, 2014 6:26:24 GMT -6
bobb121: Has anyone used one of those Gyroscope balls before
Mar 18, 2014 10:41:58 GMT -6
joevisconti: What are you asking, torque?
Feb 19, 2014 7:35:44 GMT -6
torque: hey i heard about this but i never got any mor einformation! is this still living!?
Feb 11, 2014 16:48:17 GMT -6
schlager7: A lot of clubs won't go younger than 10 or 12, but a few take students as young as 7. (I know because there are competitions for youth 8 & under at some tournaments).
Aug 22, 2013 8:52:30 GMT -6
clapous71: HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE
Aug 21, 2013 16:03:30 GMT -6