Fencing is a mentally and physically demanding sport that teaches good sportsmanship and self-discipline while competing both independently as well as a part of a team. Learn how to think fast, develop a high level of coordination, improve reflexes and enjoy the physical and mental benefits of this one-of-a-kind sport.
Beginners’ Fencing Camps
Learn the basics of fencing while performing the latest and most innovative techniques. Students are given a brief overview of saber fencing including footwork, some attacks, lines of parries and basic counter-offensive tactics.
Equipment is available for students taking preliminary lessons. Fencers can take their game to the next level by purchasing the Village Fencing Package that includes everything needed for a class or club tournament.
A competitive fencer since the seventies, Jim Barbour is a former Rocky Mountain Sectional Champion in foil and saber. Along the way, he studied with Olympic coaches Yves Auriol and Ed Korfanty. Jim has coached fencing athletes since the 1980’s, coaching the ASU fencing club since 1984, and becoming head coach in 1991. In 2001 he assisted in founding the fencing club at the Village. Jim focuses on the recreation and conditioning aspects of saber fencing, as well as the competitive. He likes to remind his students that “fencing is just a game—but it’s a really fun game!” He believes that the discipline and romance of fencing might appeal to many persons who aren’t interested in other sports.