The Bronzeville Fencing Academy promotes and teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all ages and skill levels. The Academy is a non-profit fencing club with all membership proceeds benefiting programs designed for the underprivileged and underserved urban youth in the Black Metropolis District – Bronzeville area.
As a professional athletic organization, the Academy offers affordable memberships with instruction for youth and adults of all skill levels. We also conduct and offer fencing clinics for advanced competitive fencers. We offer discounts on membership packages and Academy designated competition gear is available to all advanced competitive member fencers.
The Academy will host local, regional and ultimately, future development of national level tournaments in the sport of Fencing. All are sanctioned by the national governing body of fencing, the United States Fencing Association (USFA) and Illinois Division of the USFA. The tournaments will operate under the USFA’s Safe Sport policy.
This holistic program cultivates the development of the student-athlete and provides instruction in all three weapons; Foil, Epee and Saber at all three levels; Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The focus promotes athletic prowess and good citizenship in a fun and safe environment. The participants enjoy a positive and fun class atmosphere where through expert instruction, they are afforded the opportunity to grow and learn the sport of Fencing at their own pace. Classes include games, exercises, skill-building, and bouting.
Intermediate and advanced classes provide opportunities for students interested in competitive level fencing at the local and national level. The instruction includes advanced level footwork and blade work, as well as individual lessons. The physical fitness component will incorporate more advanced level plyometric and isometric conditioning and coordination exercises and advanced level technical, tactical, and mental training.
The Academy provides practice equipment (jackets, masks, gloves, and weapons).
Much like the youth program, the sport of Fencing promotes beginning, intermediate and advanced forms of calisthenics, isometric muscle workouts, body balancing and coordination exercises. It is an excellent form of physical fitness and most importantly, it’s fun. The Academy provides a safe environment to learn what the sport is all about.
WHEELCHAIR - ADAPTIVE and INCLUSIVE
Wheelchair fencing allows physically disabled persons the opportunity to compete at the highest level of their ability in the sport of Fencing. Athletes wear the same attire and use the same weapons as able-bodied fencers however they sit in fixed chairs that are attached to metal frames during competition and operate their weapons in a fashion to score against the opponent.
The Academy’s employs the same instruction provided to able-bodied athletes and modifies the instruction according to the nature of the disability.
Annually, the Academy will offer three clinics during the season that cover the primary phases of each stage during the fencing season.