ARIZONA FENCING CENTER
Where fencers are born, grow and develop into champions…
Arizona Fencing Center welcomes all interested fencers from beginner to Olympic level with our Introductory, Beginner and Advanced classes, open fencing, and private lessons! We have something for everyone. AFC hosts the scouts, birthday parties, team building events, social meeting events, home school fencing programs, and Fencing For All Foundation’s Zorro Project.
AFC is proud to be the home of some of the best fencers in the country. We are very fortunate to have the coaching expertise of Head Coach, Florin Paunescu. Coach Florin has developed numerous fencers to national and international levels of fencing both here and in Europe; he is the ONLY Olympic level coach in Arizona.
THE TIME TO START FENCING IS NOW!!
AFC’s Fencing Classes are the perfect holiday gift! Give your child or yourself a fun and challenging way to build physical and mental fitness! Children’s classes are ongoing and can be joined at anytime. The Introductory Class schedule is updated for Winter and Spring classes.
Children’s Classes, Introductory Classes, Beginner and Advanced classes are all happening now at AFC. If you’ve always wondered about fencing, would like to try something different, or if you have a young Jedi knight at home, AFC has a class for you!
Join AFC and Fencing For All Foundation in their support of Tempe Community Action Agency. TCAA representative, Markus Norwood, has placed a box in the lobby for the collection of new and unwrapped toys for children aged 0-15yrs. These toys will be distributed locally by TCAA. Gift cards are accepted too!
Thank you to all the volunteers from AFC who helped with Fencing For All Foundation’s booth and demonstrations at the Mayor’s Day of Play October 26th at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, AZ.
Congratulations to Jackson McBride and Coach Florin for Jackson’s 7th and 8th place finish in the San Diego RYC, men’s Y12, Y14 sabre event!
A new fencing season has begun and AFC fencers have been busy. Matthew Jacobs took 3rd in the Prescott Fall Classic Y14 Mixed Sabre event. Teresa McBryan took 2nd in the Open Mixed Foil event. Other AFC fencers: Thomas Jacobs, Seth Logan, Usha and Naina Bhalla.
AFC’s Season Opener-3 Weapon Open will take place Saturday/Sunday September 28-29th. Pre-registration available on askfred.net.
AFC fencers and volunteers will participate in the Banner Youth Fit Expo Saturday October 26th 9am-1pm along with Fencing For All Foundation volunteers at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, AZ. There are activities for the whole family, fencing, and food!
There are several local, regional and national tournaments in the upcoming months. We encourage our fencers to participate in as many fencing opportunities as possible!
This is getting a bit repetitive-but it is great news! Teresa McBryan took 2nd Place (Silver medalist) in Division II Women’s Foil during the USFA’s Summer National event held in Columbus, Ohio June 28-July7. Congratulations!
We would also like to congratulate Ruth Dodge for her Bronze medal in Veteran Women’s Foil. Ruth’s 3rd place finish secured her spot on the US Veteran World Championship team. The Veteran World Championship will be held in Bulgaria in September.
Congratulations to Coach Florin on his students’ success!
Follow this link to see AFC in action at Channel 12 News ‘Today Show’ Friday January 25, 2013:
AFC’s first tournament of the new year will be held January 26 and 27th at AFC. Look for AFC’s Jr/Cadet/Y 3 Weapon Winter Duel on askfred.net and pre-register. Foil and sabre will be held on Saturday January 26th; epee will be held on Sunday January 27th. The time for beginning your competitive fencing is now!
For those new to fencing as a fencer and/or a fencing parent: once you have chosen your weapon to study (foil or sabre) and are attending classes, it is time to also consider taking advantage of the wonderful opportunity to work one on one with Head Coach Florin. The study of fencing can best be related to the study of a musical instrument. When joining the band or orchestra, the student learns about music and playing with other musicians, however, the individual technique necessary to excel in a particular instrument must be gained through private lessons. The private fencing lesson exists for Coach to work on developing and improving a fencer’s technique; class and open fencing time should be utilized to perfect those techniques through practice if progress is to be achieved.
We here at AFC are very fortunate to have a coach with the credentials and experience of Coach Florin. Don’t miss an opportunity to work with the best to become the best!
AFC announces the start of a new class “Get Fit With Fencing”! If you are tired of the same old exercise routine and would like to try something new and unique to exercise both the mind and body-this opportunity is for you! All you need are athletic clothing, shoes, a water bottle, and a towel. Call for more information and to reserve your spot now! 480-969-1424
AFC congratulates Teresa McBryan! Teresa placed first in both the Cadet and Junior events in this weekend’s Junior Olympic Qualifier in Tucson. She will attend the Junior Olympic Championship in Baltimore, Maryland in February. Teresa is also leaving for Germany where she will compete in Women’s Foil Tauberbischofsheim GER European Cadet Circuit Event over the Thanksgiving holiday.
AFC is proud to recognize some of our younger fencers who will compete in the Bernie Stein Memorial SYC November 30th – December 2nd in Chandler, AZ. Seth Logan, Naina and Usha Bhalla, and Jackson McBride will all take part in this Super Youth Circuit event.
Good Luck to all!
An excerpt from The Wall Street Journal Sept. 7, 2012 “Opting Out of the ‘Rug Rat Race’” by Paul Tough:
“American Children, especially those who grow up in relative comfort, are, more than ever, shielded from failure as they grow up. They certainly work hard; they often experience a great deal of pressure and stress; but in reality, their path through the education system is easier and smoother than it was for any previous generation. Many of them are able to graduate from college without facing any significant challenges. But if this new research is right, their schools, their families, and their culture may all be doing them a disservice by not giving them more opportunities to struggle. Overcoming adversity is what produces character. And character, even more than IQ, is what leads to real and lasting success.” (Emphasis added)
What is the connection with fencing? Fencing provides this opportunity to struggle for your children- to develop character, self-discipline, perseverance, and decision–making skills through their participation, practice and competition. These attributes remain with the student throughout their lives in career and personal endeavors.
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