Salle Updates: News and Information
10/27/14: Class Cancelled Tomorrow -- Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Remember: class is cancelled tomorrow. We do not have the room at the
Goleta Valley Community Center. We also do not have the room on the
Tuesday before Thanksgiving. If you need your fencing fix, then check
Class will be held on Thursday, October 30, at the Westside Neighborhood
Center, located behind the Russian Church on the corner of Castillo and
Victoria Streets. From the South, take the Arellaga exit, turn right on
Castillo Street. The Neighborhood Center will be two blocks down on your
right. From the North, take the Mission Street exit and turn left. Turn
right on Castillo. Go seven blocks, and you will see the Neighborhood
Center on your right.
Remember to check the Google calendar on the website for class
cancellations and updates.
Also, preregistration for the Youth tournament on November 8 is here:
Preregistration for the Senior tournament on November 8 is here:
And finally, please use this Google form to order your equipment:
10/22/14: Equipment Needs
Last night, I had everyone in attendance get suited up for sparring on
the electric machines. Doing this gave me an opportunity to see who has
what and who needs what.
Now, to review, everyone at the club should have:
1) Mask (foil fencers should have a conductive bib)
4) underarm protector
5) chest plate (for women of all ages and for boys under 14)
6) body cord
7) conductive jacket (aka foil lame)
8) practice weapon
9) competition weapon
10) mask cord
Some other items include an equipment bag and fencing pants (aka
I would like to place a group order with the fencing post. What does
everyone need? Please shoot me an email if you would like to be included
in this order.
10/7/14: Youth and Cadet Foil Clinic in SLO
The San Luis Highlanders will hold a youth and cadet foil clinic on
October 18, 2014. The clinic is appropriate for all levels of fencers,
ages 10-18. Most likely the Cal Poly Fencing Team will be helping out,
so there will be plenty of attention available to participants. Also,
Eric, the Highlanders Coach, asked a Presidio Coach to lead a short
segment. This clinic will be a great opportunity for Presidio fencers to
get some immersive experience in a low-pressure setting. I encourage
everyone to attend.
Download the flier for the clinic here
Note that lunch will be provided, and that participants must bring the
9/30/14: Fencing in October and Beyond
By now, everyone is probably aware of our new schedule for Fall.
Starting in October, the club will have practices on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. Tuesday's practice will continue to be in Goleta.
Thursday's practice will be at the Westside Neghborhood Center in Santa
Barbara. The WNC is located at the corner of Victoria and Castillo
Streets. Off-street parking is available.
Please visit our Practice
page for more information.
To save time with my book-keeping, and to help offset my advance-payment
of rent, I am asking members to please pay for classes by the
quarter. Thanks to a partnership with the Central Coast
, I have been able to secure a lowered
rental fee for the Goleta venue. These savings will allow me to
continue to offer a basic membership fee at very affordable rates. The
intermediate and advanced classes (i.e., Level 2 and Level 3) will incur
an additional fee.
Finally, notice the Google calendar to the right. I will keep it
updated with information about classes and tournaments. Note that
my calendar will only include local and high-profile tournaments.
Competitive fencers should still mine askfred.net for information on
tournaments outside of Santa Barbara. Also, I added some PayPal
buttons to the fees page for those members who want to pay with a credit
card. Of course, I will still accept cash or check for lessons.
I thank you all for your patience in September as I situated the new
club. I am very excited about what October will bring.
9/3/14: Thank you to everyone who showed up last night!
Thank you to everyone who showed up last night for our first practice
at the Goleta Valley Community Center. There were definitely a
few bumps in the road -- or breaks in the wire, to be a little more
accurate. Next Tuesday I'll try to make things a little more
In the meantime, please consider the following:
- Make sure you have equipment. Email me directly with
questions about gear. Also, if you're fencing electric, then
please double check that your gear is in working order. I know
I have to do quite a bit of soldering this weekend. Also, I
will not be carrying spare parts with me anymore, but I have a
garage full of fencing stuff. If you need something, then
please let me know.
- If you participated in last night's drills, then please practice
at home. Do the clapping exercises with a friend or family
member. The sooner you can master these parry and riposte "dancing"
drills, the sooner you will see improvement in your fencing.
Also, practice your on guard stance and footwork, maintaining proper
balance and an upright trunk.
- Watch some of the World Championships on YouTube:
Most importantly, remember there is no class tomorrow. Our
Thursday classes should begin in October.
8/31/14: Information about Tuesday's class
We are two days away from our first fencing night in Goleta. Here
are some updates:
- Tuesday classes will be held in the Dining Hall at the Goleta
Vally Community Center. When you enter through the front doors, go
right and follow the hallway around the building. I know: it sounds
funny to say that we'll be fencing in a dining hall. But in time,
perhaps the GVCC will be serving meals in the Fencing Hall.
- The Goleta Vally Community Center is in Old Town Goleta, on
Hollister Ave. There is plenty of parking in front and in back of
- Our time at the GVCC starts at 6 pm. From 6 until 6:15, we'll
check-in and play some warm-up games. Following that, we'll have
some conditioning until ~6:45. Then we'll suss out some new rules
and procedures for the new location, and get to sparring and drills.
Drills for the month of September will be more elementary as we
shake off the rust from the summer.
- All participants need to be members of USFA. You have to show me
your USFA card, or a receipt, before starting to fence. I will not
have paper forms at practices.
- Bring all your equipment. I hope to set up at least two strips
after 7 pm. If there is something you do not have, then we can talk
about it at practice. Oh, and remember: an important piece of
equipment is a water bottle.
- Dues for the month of September will be $60, payable by cash or
check. Please be on time with your payments.
- Although I am hoping to start up sessions on Thursdays in Santa
Barbara, there will be no class this Thursday, September 4. I'll
have more on the expanding venues as the information becomes
More than anything, this month will be a time for assessment and
reorganization. I am excited about the opportunities presented to the
club, and I can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday.
Etes vous pret? Are you ready?
8/25/14: New Schedule for a New Year
Our first official practice for the Fall will be held at the Goleta
Valley Community Center on Hollister Ave at 6:00 pm on Tuesday,
My tentative schedule for the practice will be to hold a group
workout and footwork until ~6:45 pm, and then a drill class until
~7:15 pm. Some folks will probably break away from the drills to set
up an electric strip or two, and electric sparring will begin around
7:00 pm. If you are only interested in electric fencing, then please
show up a few minutes before 7. By 7:30 pm, I suspect everyone
remaining will be fencing electric. At this point, I will be working
with the more-competitive students. Practice will last until 8:45 pm,
at which point *everyone* needs to help clean up.
Depending on how this class-plan holds, I will repeat it on Thursday,
September 4th. Only, the class will be at the Westside Community
Center in Santa Barbara, on the corner of Victoria and Castillo
This is an exciting time for the club. Please stay tuned while we
work out some kinks in scheduling, pricing, and curriculum.
Community members who are curious about fencing are welcome to show
up and participate, provided they have purchased the non-competitive
membership from the US Fencing Association. See our Introductory
Classes page for more information.
6/25/14: Results from Summer National Championships
Congratulations to Sean Strong, our only club member to head to
National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. In his first event, Division
1A Epee, Sean finished 7th in a field of 78. This is Sean's best
finish to date. The complete results can be found here:
6/21/14: Schedule for next week
There was some confusion about whether or not there would be
practice last Saturday, what with it being Solstice. In fact, there
was sparring. To keep everything as clear as possible, the schedule
for the week is posted to the right.
If you show up on Saturday, then I would greatly appreciate it if you
would stick around for a little while and help me with some cleaning
and organizing. There's a lot of stuff to move.
And if you show up on Monday, June 30, for sparring, then bring
something. We'll have a party.