Beginner Fencing Camps

The All-American Fencing Academy typically hosts Beginner Fencing Camps During the summer

No experience is needed and we provide all the equipment!  Fencers will learn beginner footwork, blade work, and bouting.  Fencing camp will be taught by Gerhard Guevarra, UNC Varsity Fencing (1996-1999), NC Division Champion (2008, 2011, 2013), Vancouver World Cup Participant (2006), 2 time US Fencing North American Cup medalist.

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Age groups: 
7-12 and Teens (school age)

Location:
Downtown Fayetteville
207 B Donaldson St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
https://www.allamericanfencing.com/our-location/

Duration:
Our camps are typically 3 days, 3 hours each.

Class Size:
20 max students

Upcoming Camps:

  • No camps scheduled at this time.

Previous Camps:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Absolutely! We have seats for our parents to stay and watch. However, 3 hours may be a long time to sit around and watch. We are a block away from Downtown Fayetteville and there are plenty of shops and eateries, we encourage a day date while we take care of your kids!

    ALSO! If you are planning to have a day to yourself shopping and dining in Downtown Fayetteville and you have other younger children, we recommend Coolspring Clubhouse. Coolspring Clubhouse is about a block away from the All-American Fencing Academy and is a drop in childcare facility. It will be open on Friday and Saturday, but closed on Sunday. Rates are $11 per hour. More information about Coolspring Clubhouse can be found at http://www.coolspringclubhouse.com/.

  • Yes. This is not a requirement, we have all the equipment your student will need to use. We don’t sell the fencing gear, but you can order a set online. Our fencers buy from Absolute Fencing Gear. We recommend this starter set: https://www.absolutefencinggear.com/shopping/product_info.php/products_id/593/cPath/62.  Prior to ordering, please contact us (910-286-2931, info@allamericanfencing.com) so we can explain some of the options you’ll have to choose from when you purchase equipment.

  • Yes! Many of our campers usually become regular members and continue to regular fencing classes. You can find additional information and schedules for students that decided to continue to regular classes here: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/memberships/

  • Yes! Although this camp is only for school-age children, we have regular beginner adult classes that starts on the first Wednesday of every month. We’ve had plenty of parents take fencing classes with their children! You can learn more about our beginner classes here: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/beginner-classes/

AAFA Fencing Camp Shirts Available Online

Look stylish for camp!  Show off that you learned to play with swords!  A memento for your time at the All-American Fencing Academy.  Whatever the reason, All-American Fencing Academy Beginner Fencing Camp shirts are available online through Amazon.

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Why should your child try fencing?

Why should your child try fencing?  Here are some reasons:

  1. Fencing is an individual sport, so it is ideal for kids who prefer to be in control of their own success or failure.
  2. Fencing requires a great deal of mental focus without realizing it. In order to be successful, you need to plan your next move and watch your opponent’s moves. Fencing can be an extremely useful tool in training a child’s ability to focus and this new-found ability can carry over into academics and other areas of the child’s life.
  3. Fencers develop good hand-eye coordination, balance, and quick reflexes.
  4. Fencing is a great activity for all kinds of kids, even those who may have difficulty with other organized sports. Because this sport is so unique, children are required to learn how to control their body in a way different than they ever have before. In some ways it is similar to ballet, gymnastics, or figure skating, and kids who have enjoyed these activities have transitioned well into fencing. (With fencing, though, you get a weapon!) The real advantage, however, is how this newness forces the child to have to pay attention and focus in class. This, along with the individual aspect of the sport, can be quite beneficial for children with learning disabilities or ADHD.
  5. Many fencers go on to compete even after high school and include fencing as a unique extra-curricular activity when they apply to college. There are many collegiate fencing programs, and while not everyone will make it to the NCAA level, many universities have club programs which allow fencers to continue this healthy, stress-relieving activity into adulthood.
  6. Finally, fencing teaches many important life lessons. In this day and age, a lot of children have come to believe that everyone must be a winner all of the time. Consequently they have a hard time learning how to learn from a loss. I think fencing provides that opportunity in a safe environment so a discussion can be had and they can learn how to react appropriately and go on to set attainable goals.