2020 Beginner Fencing Summer Camp

COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

To accommodate for safety and health of our campers.  We will cap the class at nor more than 20 students.  In all our camps, students always use the same uniform pieces and equipment all throughout camp.  We do have a water fountain, but we it will not be available during camp.  We will have bottles of water in the fridge, but we also encourage bringing your big bottle of water.  We will be taking every precaution for the safety of your children and our coaches.  We do encourage that our parents take the opportunity to enjoy Downtown Fayetteville during camp time as seating space may not be available to adequately have social distancing for non-campers.  You can view what’s available downtown at https://www.downtownfaystrong.com/.

The All-American Fencing Academy is now taking registrations for the 2020 Beginner Summer Fencing Camp. 

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.  

NEW THIS YEAR:  The Beginner Fencing Camp will also have an option of a full month of classes after camp to give the students a taste of training with our regular team.  

Beginner Summer Camp: $70
1-Month Training Add-On: $30

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PRE-REGISTRATION
Step 1:  Submit registration information at
https://forms.gle/xx7s8zNWPEQ2rzep8

Step 2:  Pay for camp
https://all-american-fencing-acad.square.site/product/2020beginnersummercamp/29

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

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

Dates:
June 26-28, 2020 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Times:
10AM-1PM

Please bring a small bagged lunch, we’ll have a short lunch break at 12PM

If there are any updates we will e-mail everyone, and you will see reminder e-mails as we enter the month of June. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 910-644-0137 or e-mail info@allamericanfencing.com.

*Downtown Parking – IMPORTANT!
If you plan on staying with your children, make sure you understand paid parking guidelines:  https://www.allamericanfencing.com/parking/

1 Month Training Add-On

All fencers participating in the summer camp are invited to join and train the regular team of students and athletes in July after their beginner camp.  They will join a class of athletes who actively compete either locally, state-wide or nationally!  This is a great opportunity for beginner summer camp participants to get a taste of what regular classes are like and an opportunity to train with some of our nationally rated fencers!

Just select the 1-Month Training Add-On at a promotional price of $30.

1-Month Training Add-On Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

AAFA Fencing Camp Shirts Available Online

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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.

E-Mail Reminder to Participants:
(This can be downloaded in PDF and printed at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sHhcXMvJ6uKhY-hTTQb7aviBUCLDoP2A/view?usp=sharing)

Fencing Camp

Fencing Camp is just 2 weeks away and we’re excited, but also cautious! Although this isn’t the first time we’ve held camp, we’ve managed beginner summer camps nearly every year, but this will be the first time under these conditions. But we’re working to maintain a level of engagement, fun, learning, and safety!

HERE ARE THINGS TO REMEMBER:

Dates and Times:
June 26, 27, 28, 10am-1pm

Our location:
207 B Donaldson St., Fayetteville, NC.
We are on the second floor of that building. On the first floor is a pilates studio and a photography studio. You enter through the black doors on the side of Donaldson St. The doors will be open and you will see our sign on the door.

Where to park:
For Friday:
Street side parking is FREE (if you can find one) The street side parking spaces are 2-3 hour free parking spots.
Parking lots and deck are .50 per hour. The pay machines can take coins, cash, or card. Sometimes the card takes forever, I find coins and cash are the quickest and most reliable.

For Saturday and Sunday:
Street side parking, lots and deck are FREE.

What the fencers should wear:
We are anticipating weather to be in the 80’s during that weekend. That’s actually pretty good, it’s been way hotter in previous years. Students should dress like they are going to play outside for about an hour. Here is what we recommend:
-Short sleeve shirts
-Short pants
-Sneakers/running shoes (no slippers, flip flops, crocs, footies, bare feet, mocassins, clogs, stilts, ballet shoes, or cowboy boots…even if it has spurs).
*Depending on how much you know your student will sweat, you may want to bring a change of clothes.

FACE MASKS:
Face masks will be required for all our students. We encourage all our families bringing in their children or sticking around to be wearing masks as well. The students will have opportunities to be socially distant to take a minute to take off their masks to get a rest from them.

Prepare your student to be wearing face masks, especially if they haven’t worn them for extended period of time or during activity, take an opportunity to get them used to it. Make sure they fit. For some (like Coach Gerhard), some around the ear masks don’t work well, so he has some around the head masks.

You may want to consider having 2-3 available for each day. While our current students and coaches are teaching and fencing, our masks get pretty sweaty in an hour and we switch them off. If you are bringing more than one, I recommend having them in a zip lock bag with your child’s name on it.

If you want to get face masks with the All-American Fencing Academy logo on it, a local printer (CCE Headgear Plus, 112 Westwood Shopping Center, Fayetteville, NC…near the mall.) is making our masks and can either be bought at the store or ordered online:
1. If purchasing at the store, call ahead of time at 910-867-7011, and pre-order your mask before showing up. The masks are not printed ahead of time, so they need an hour or so to print your mask, and they will let you know when to pick it up.
2. Ordering online: Visit online at https://www.cceheadgearplus.com/face-mask, select the color or style you like, select the print color of our logo you want on the mask, and check “FENCING ACADEMY LOGO” at the bottom. You can ignore the other options. I don’t know how long the orders online take to be delivered, I usually just go pick them up.

Lunch:
Don’t forget to pack a bag lunch and drink for your student

Water:
We will have refrigerated bottled water for the students. But we also encourage bringing their own bottle of water. We have a water fountain, but we will not be using them for safety reasons.

Can Families Stay and Watch?
Yes you can, but we cannot accommodate all families to maintain social distancing. We also find that some students can be distracted if their parents are nearby. We encourage you to enjoy what Downtown Fayetteville has to offer. Visit https://www.downtownfaystrong.com/ and see all the shops and eateries!

The Equipment The Student Will Be Using:
Once we check out the equipment on the first day of camp, it will be the only equipment the student will be using throughout the duration of the camp. We will be sanitizing the equipment at the end of the day.

Facility Cleaning:
We will be cleaning and sanitizing the fencing club each day. All doors will remain open to reduce the need to handle door knobs, with the exception of the bathroom door. There is Lysol spray and wipes stationed throughout the club as well as hand sanitizers. There is soap in the bathroom.

If Your Child Is Sick:
Please remain home, and contact us. We are trusting you on this. We will not be monitoring temperatures for families and students entering the fencing club.

WHO ARE THE COACHES?
Head Coach: Gerhard Guevarra
Coach Gerhard has been coaching fencing since 1999. He has a bachelors in Phsycial Education, Exercise, and Sports Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is both an Army brat and a veteran. His daytime job is still with the Army as a Civilian Liaison Officer. Coach Gerhard has had numerous success with his students including Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Regional Youth Circuit Finalists. He continues to compete nationally but has fenced internationally, competing in the 2006 Vancouver World Cup and has won several North Carolina Division Championships.

Assistant Coaches:
Gabriel Guevarra
Gabe is the eldest son of Coach Gerhard and is entering his senior year in high school and is a local, regional, and national competitor and has been fencing since he was 7 years old. This is his 3rd year as assistant coaching beginner camp.

Sabrina Krukpenko
Sabrina is entering her senior year in high school and is a local, regional, and national competitor and has been fencing since she was 12 years old. This is her 3rd year as assistant coaching beginner camp.

Greta Tart
Greta is entering her senior year in high school and is a local and regional competitor and has been fencing since she was 12 years old. This is her 3rd year as assistant coaching beginner camp.

Bruce McRae
Bruce is entering his senior year in high school and is a local, regional, and national competitor and has been fencing since he was 13 years old. This is his 1st year as assistant coaching beginner camp.

Isabelle Guevarra
Isabelle is entering the 8th grade in high school and is a local, regional, and national competitor and has been fencing since she was 7 years old. She will be entering the senior events this fall. This will be her 1st year as assistant coaching beginner camp.

Camp Manager:
Grace Guevarra (how many Guevarra’s are there? :))
Grace is entering her sophomore year in high school and helps manage all the other non fencing related parts of camp. She will be the one checking students in and out at camp. She is also our camp photographer. She has been fencing since she was 7 years old, but is non-competitive. This will be her 3rd year as camp manager.

Whew…that’s a lot to cover! I hope I didn’t forget anything! If you have any questions, please let us know by calling or texting us at 910-644-0137 or e-mail at allamericanfencing@gmail.com.

See you soon!