Upon Governor Cooper’s executive order to close all North Carolina Schools up to May 15, 2020 and a 30 day closure of non-essential businesses including indoor exercise facilities (gyms, yoga, martial arts, etc. https://governor.nc.gov/documents/executive-order-no-120 ) and direction from USA Fencing to close down all training, practices, and activities from March 16-April 6, 2020 (insurance has been suspended during that time). The All-American Fencing Academy is temporarily closed for the longest period of time in it’s history. All fencing clubs are reeling and fighting to also stay viable during this time and being able to keep the doors open when this has passed.
I LOVE to teach. I LOVE being in the fencing room with everyone. I LOVE watching everyone grow. And I LOVE our families. I LOVE fencing.
Most fencing clubs are break even. And fortunately, for myself and Coach Melea, we have other jobs. So this isn’t our sole income. This is not the same for many fencing clubs where many coaches make their big income from private lessons. Thankfully we’re not in that boat.
So let me be completely transparent. The All-American Fencing Academy may not be in as bad other fencing clubs. But we honestly won’t survive without students. Our total expenditures per month is about $1000. All we can ask is for most of our members to maintain their membership with us and that will help us maintain until April 22nd-ish when we hope we can re-open. We understand if these difficult times cannot allow you to maintain membership. We hope to see everyone again in a few weeks.
We are continuing our classes and lessons, but they are all online (On Strip/At Home Series). I will be recording videos for practices our students can do at home each week as well as some other training tips and they will all available online: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/category/news/on-strip-at-home-series/ We hope you’ve enjoyed the ones we’ve released so far.
We hope to see everyone back soon so we can get back to normal. If you have recommendations on how to make my videos/lessons better, please let me know. We’re making sure our lessons are doable not only for fencers with equipment, but for fencers without equipment.
If you remember the homework I gave everyone during their first month of beginner class? That would be good practice at home each day either before or after you complete your at home school work.. If you don’t remember, each day practice:-10 advances-10 retreats-10 extensions-10 lunges. Remember it isn’t for speed, but make sure your knees stay bent. Good distance with advances and retreats, complete extensions, and holding lunges. It doesn’t take long, do a set of 1 each every day. You can find the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfAgfq4UmIs
Currently, we are hoping to be able to return around April 22-25, 2020. We’ll do our best to add additional programs when we return to offset some time missed. In the meantime, make sure you visit our On Strip/At Home Series Training Page: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/category/news/on-strip-at-home-series/
Please remain in touch if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org, 910-644-0137.
USA Fencing has released an announcement to all our members of how to continue to support your fencing club. If you have an opportunity, please take an opportunity to read it! https://www.usafencing.org/news_article/show/1097567
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Hand eye coordination is good for many different sports, especially fencing. Here are some exercises that can improve your hand eye coordination! There also some crafting in the middle of the video. Don’t forget to stick around for the end credits scene. 🙂 Hand Eye Coordination Exercises with a Tennis Ball:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKxRaqUAl0M You will need: A […]
On Strip/At Home, Audio Series: Dr. Ron Miller on Negative Thinking and The Mentally Healthy Athlete
In our last On Strip/At Home Audio Series, we spoke with Valerie Alston about “Putting it in Perspective”, catastrophic thinking, and getting out of catastrophic thinking. This time, we will be speaking with 52 year retired UNC Chapel Hill NCAA Division I head fencing coach, Dr. Ron Miller. He is still the head coach for […]
We hope everyone is doing well now the North Carolina is under stay-at-home orders. We’re still able to get to the fencing room and make videos for you. If you haven’t seen it yet, seen our brief update and thank you video, check it out, it’s only a minute long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IN-toyUM1k Here is this week’s video. […]
First, some crafting…I mentioned pool noodles and pipe insulation before, but if you don’t have a weapon, here’s some easy crafting that will cost you around $2 you can do for a simple practice weapon. I also include some fencing exercises you can do with a tennis ball and hopefully some other materials that may […]
We hope everyone is doing well! I promised I’ll try to keep my e-mails short, so we’ll see how this goes. First, I mentioned before that you can always do some practice footwork before or after your homework. The Beginner Class Homework is a good one to use. It can be found here: https://youtu.be/xfAgfq4UmIs Just skip […]
In a previous e-mail on On Strip/At Home Series, we talked about Diaphragmatic Breathing. It’s a resilience skill that we can apply to fencing. It can be done in practice, at home, and during competition. This time, we’re going to introduce another resilience skills called “Put It In Perspective.” But instead of giving you something […]
UPDATES I hope everyone is doing well during these times of social isolation. But above all, thank you for being members of the All-American Fencing Academy. Your continued membership is what will allow us to stay open during these times. As you can imagine, many small businesses like gyms, dance studios, yoga studios, crossfit gyms and […]
Here’s our first video training. It’s meant for our beginners, but I want our experienced and advanced to do it too. Video link: https://youtu.be/xfAgfq4UmIs BEGINNER FENCERSWe talked at the end of last class to do these exercises. Make sure you keep doing them! I went in depth in class, this will reinforce what we talked […]
REVIEWFirst thing. Did you read the last e-mail/post? Did you try some visualization? Make sure you do! I encourage to try to do some visualization every day. Do a whole bout in your mind, from salute, through 5 touches, to the handshake. Make sure you have bouts that you win AND lose! Visualize the decisions […]
As we try to this new normal, hopefully temporarily, we are faced with many new changes. Especially in the world of sports where there is almost a gathering of more than one person. Some sports, of course, you can continue to do on your own, like going out for a run, home yoga practice, and […]