Denver Fencing Center Announces 2006 Day Camps: Safe Swordfighting In The Summer

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The Denver Fencing Center will follow up its sold-out 2005 season with an expanded schedule of 2006 summer day camps for youth aged 8-14. These 1-week beginner camps will focus on the instruction, technique, and strategy of the exciting sport of fencing.

The Denver Fencing Center (http://www.denverfencingcenter.com) will follow up its sold-out 2005 season with an expanded schedule of 2006 summer day camps for youth aged 8-14. These 1-week beginner camps supplement the DFC’s fencing curriculum that focuses on the instruction, technique, and strategy of the exciting sport of fencing.

According to DFC head coach Nathan Anderson, “Fencing is a terrific sport for a camp setting. It’s not hard to imagine that you are Captain Jack Sparrow or Aragorn when dueling your opponent. When kids do this in the house and break an antique lamp, you discourage this behavior. But at the Denver Fencing Center, we can encourage this behavior in an ideal setting where kids can live out their dreams and have a tremendous amount of fun.”

The first set of camps will be offered June 12th to the 16th, and will focus on the fundamentals of fencing foil, which is fencing’s primary training weapon. Students will learn to fence and develop an understanding of how fencing’s strategy, rules, and conduct relate to the history of swordsmanship.

The next set of camps, from July 10th to the 14th, will teach kids how to fence both foil and epée and show the differences between the two weapons. Epée, a modern descendant of the dueling weapons, follows a different set of rules and strategies than foil.    Finally, two foil/saber camps will be offered, one from July 17 to the 21st, and another from July 31 to August 4th. Saber is a modern descendent of the cavalry weapon and features a different target area than foil.

Nathan Anderson, DFC Head Coach and former all-American, all Ivy-League foil fencer (University of Pennsylvania), will teach these camps with an emphasis on basic and intermediate attacks and parries. Intended for absolute beginners, these camps involve both fencing and non-fencing games and activities over the course of the day. All protective gear equipment rentals are included in the camp fees.

Fencing, over the past several years, has grown to over 500,000 competitors nationally and locally, Colorado has seen similar growth. According the Denver Fencing Center head coach Nathan Anderson, “Participation in the sport of fencing has surged for several reasons: the popularity of films such as ‘Pirates of Caribbean’ that prominently feature sword fighting; the uniqueness of a sport where boys and girls can compete equally, and most important, the great physical and mental workout that one receives. This is why fencing is often referred to as ‘physical chess.”

Space in the camps is limited. Prospective campers are invited to tour the facility during normal business hours. The Denver Fencing Center is open Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 9:30pm, Fridays from 4pm to 7pm, 9am to 12:30 on Saturdays, and by appointment for private lessons. Home school classes can also be arranged. Contact Nathan Anderson at 303-922-7288 or visit http://www.denverfencingcenter.com for registration materials.

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