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Tips for Selecting a Fencing Teacher

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Just because someone is a teaching professional does not mean that they are good with children.  You must find a fencing instructor who enjoys working with children and can bring the best out of them.  You want your child to have fun so they will want to continue and advance in the process.  It is your job as a parent to ask questions and make a decision based on your child’s personality and preferences.  Important things to consider and questions to ask when selecting an instructor for fencing include:

Questions to ask a fencing instructor:

  • First and foremost the instructor must be experienced and properly trained.  Ask to see credentials like a diploma or certification from where they were trained.   Is the coach a certified fencing master from an accredited FIE (Federation Internationale D'Escrime) or USFA (US fencing association) program?

  • How long have they been teaching?

  • What is their personal fencing experience, accomplishments and/or competitive record?

  • Do they conduct the classes themselves or use junior fencing teachers?

  • Be sure they have experience working with children. He/she must be patient and know how to communicate with children as well as teenagers.  

  • They should have a true passion for fencing and teaching it to children.

  • They must show enthusiasm about the sport.

  • Ask if they have children of their own.

  • Check to see what their coaching philosophy is.

  • Ask if they have references that you can contact.

  • Does their availability work with your schedule?

  • What is their cost structure?

  • Is the teacher employing safe techniques?

  • Observe classes and watch them with their pupils.  Are the students having fun?

  • Talk to parents of existing students and you will find out a great deal of information.  Does their child look forward to their fencing class?  Do they enjoy their teacher? Does the coach provide adequate feedback?  Do they feel the coach is competent?

  • Lastly, follow your intuition it will never let you down.