We have moved online during this time of change. Texas Fencing Academy is adapting to keep our fencers engaged during the shelter-in period.
The training have been developed by our coach to give fencers who are staying home a much support for their growth possible. These lessons are as close to the in-person training you can get without being in the club.
We offer our workout, epee and saber virtual classes 5 days a week during the shelter-in period.
The workouts and practice are provided online in real time through Zoom
1) Opportunity to train with the group
2) Receive technical feedback on drills
3) Mimic the traditional fencing class as much possible
4) One instructor with multiple students
The link to our virtual class through zoom is provided through our TFA Team App.
You’ll need to register to get the TFA Team App.
High-Intensity Workout with Santiago
Epee Foot Work with Tommy
Saber drilling with Ray or Wes
Epee drilling with Ray
Per US Fencing Association requirement, every fencer that registers for the online fencing classes must become a member of USFA
Camera Angles Count:
2. Ft Work
Workout: For the workouts the camera angle is probably the most forgiving. A stationary camera showing you in the frame where you have space to workout suffices. Santiago is able to give feedback and his demo’s are awesome and easy to follow along.
Foot Work: Here things get a little trickier. The key here is to get the camera mounted far enough away from you that Tommi can give you feedback or close enough to you so that you can pin Tommi’s screen and focus on what he is demonstrating. Feel free to use two devices and connect to the workout twice if you like (or have enough mobile devices – those old iPads are coming in handy)
Lessons/Drilling: Things get really tricky here. Towards the end of the week I opt’ed for 3 cameras on our side to demo the actions. Ft Work, Blade Work and Class demo(wide angle). This might require you to look at different cameras on your end but I felt as though we were getting better at being able to convey what we were trying to demonstrate (your feedback welcome). Having Ali and Riley demo the actions was pretty useful. I have large screens (65″ TV and 50″ monitor outside) to watch folks on and give feedback. Getting your camera far away from you, where we can see your foot work and the target is really useful. Our queuing got better as the week went on too as we realized sometimes we needed you to show us facing the camera and sometimes we needed to see the side view. Setting the camera up far away is still key (you can always walk up to it when we need you).
Planning ahead for inclement weather is a must. I think folks are already making changes to your workout space as you figure out what works best for you. Sometimes we are inside (rain) or outside so how you set up may need to change. Having an idea ahead of time for inclement weather helps.
Socks and shoes folks. Socks and shoes! I’ll just start assigning push ups :-). Pajama’s are OK (and possibly encouraged) but shoes and socks are required!!!!