Upon Governor Cooper’s executive order 141 (https://www.nc.gov/covid-19/covid-19-executive-orders): Entertainment and fitness facilities restricted include, but are not limited to indoor exercise facilities (e.g., yoga studios, dance studios, martial arts facilities, indoor trampoline and rock climbing facilities).
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 anticipate a return to in Phase 3 (five weeks after Phase 2), likely the first week of July. 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/onstripathome/
Please remain in touch if you have any questions. email@example.com, 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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COVID-19 Updates and On Strip/At Home Training Series
First, here is this week’s class. These YouTube Classes will continue throughout July. Unfortunately, I’ll be stretching myself thin this month so I won’t be able to do Live Google Meet Classes this month. June 2020, 5th Week, Fencing Class:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns By Section:0:00 Updates https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns2:53 Warm Ups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns&t=173s16:13 Footwork https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns&t=973s23:22 Bladework https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns&t=1402s29:46 Skill Work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2TB_uGwns&t=1786s40:31 Cool […]
I’m going to try to keep this post/e-mail a little short, because a lot of the information is mentioned before, so I’ll just post the link to a previous post. But up first is our YouTube class this week! This week’s class:https://youtu.be/SLxi-f3zBWw 0:00 Updates1:36 Warm Ups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxi-f3zBWw&t=96s10:40 Footwork https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxi-f3zBWw&t=640s20:37 Bladework https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxi-f3zBWw&t=1237s29:03 Skill Work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLxi-f3zBWw&t=1743s39:35 Cool […]
Quick reminder, this week we are also doing live online classes. I’ll have the reminders below after the weekly updates…but first! Here is this week’s fencing class:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y Here is the section break up: 0:00 Updates 2:52 Warm Ups https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y&t=172s 8:29 Footwork https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y&t=509s 16:15 Bladework https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y&t=975s 30:41 Skill Work https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y&t=1841s 39:14 Cool Down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9MQU4XWl-Y&t=2354s 47:16 Outtakes […]
Live Online Class Don’t forget! There will be LIVE online classes for the last 3 weeks before we return to class, STARTING THIS WEEK. I will also be continuing to do YouTube video classes you can do on your own for the remainder of June and July. Schedule: If your child is in my Tuesday […]
Just some quick updates, you may have seen some news about the riot that occured in Downtown Fayetteville. The riot remained mostly centered around the Market House and the businesses immediately surrounding the area. The All-American Fencing Academy and our neighbors did not sustain any damage or vandalism. Also! An update to YouTube now allows […]
I’m going to test a live video class using the capability of Google Meet (rather than ZOOM). Everyone is invited to join me at 12PM tomorrow, May 29, 2020 utilizing the Google Meet link sent in the e-mail. If you did not get the e-mail, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Google Meet link. […]
Ok. Fingers crossed, we’re inching closer to a possible reopening in July. I know everyone is excited, as am I. As I’ve always said, I want to be super cautious. I care about everyone’s health and safety and my own. We all know at present, there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of […]
So, I think today, the governor will announce if North Carolina moves to Phase 2 this Friday, if so, make sure you see my previous post: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/phase-2-return-plan/ Here’s this week’s class video!Full class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ax398T_OXs Warm Ups: https://youtu.be/8Ax398T_OXs?t=140 Footwork: https://youtu.be/8Ax398T_OXs?t=485 Bladework: https://youtu.be/8Ax398T_OXs?t=818 Skill Work: https://youtu.be/8Ax398T_OXs?t=1253 Cool Down: https://youtu.be/8Ax398T_OXs?t=2728 Time Killer:Touche: A Blind Fencer’s Storyhttps://vimeo.com/ondemand/touchemovie/102165212 Sponsors:Fox Bookkeeping: […]
Congrats to Marlon! We fenced our first 6 person tournament over the weekend. We discovered the beauty of this is that we don’t have to complete the tournament all in on go. One of our fencers had to leave at 2PM, so all fencers took a break, and direct messaged their opponents later in the […]
In this audio cast, we talk with Paul Hovey, one of Coach Gerhard’s first students. We also talk about the virtual fencing game we created and have been playing. We’ve conducted 3 tournaments so far! Small Update:We will send reopening announcements hopefully tomorrow. Paul Hovey Interview: The interview on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRLwpjQtYg Direct download: https://www.allamericanfencing.com/podcasts/paulhoveyinterview.mp3 Learn […]