Ithaca Youth Bureau Classes


The classes we hold at the Ithaca Youth Bureau facility are part of our introductory series of classes.
This currently includes two different classes, with the addition of a new class coming soon.
While it is possible for a student to begin with individual lessons, many topics benefit from a group presentation and having fellow students to learn with is an enjoyable part of the process.

 


 

Introduction to Classical Fencing

This is our foundational class, and all students should begin here.
We cover the basics of footwork and the beginning of bladework in a very organized and sequential way.
Because each class builds on the one before it, and leads to the one after it, it is important not to miss classes.
Please consider your schedule and the dates of the classes before registering.
A student who misses two classes in a row, or more than two total may not be able to continue in the class, and will not be able to progress without repeating the entire series.
We currently run this class three times per year: in the Fall (Sept-Nov), in the Winter (Feb-Apr), and in the Spring (Apr-Jun).

This class is open to students from the ages of 8-up, and adults (especially parents!) are welcome.
The lower age requirement of 8 years old is a hard limit, for developmental reasons. We do not make exceptions. More information here.

 

The next intro series class will begin on Sept 17th, 2017
Classes are held at the Ithaca Youth Bureau, at 1 James L Gibbs Drive (near the entrance to Stewart Park)
Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00pm
For ages 8-up. Teens, parents and other adults welcome.
All equipment provided.
Ten weeks, $100
To register, contact the Ithaca Youth Bureau at 273-8364 or IYB@cityofithaca.org
This class, or the instructor's permission, is required at least once before participation in the classes at our salle d'armes.
Concerned about this being a "kids class"?

 

 

Fencing 2

This class is designed to take students who have done well in the Intro class, and help them gain the skills and knowledge required for promotion to the first rank in our school.
We will focus both on the etude, and on the beginnings of partner work.
Classes are held for ten consecutive Sundays, beginning Sept 17th, at the Ithaca Youth Bureau, at 1 James L Gibbs Drive (near the entrance to Stewart Park)
Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00pm
For ages 10-up. You must have completed the Intro class at least once AND have a Master's invitation.
Teens, parents and other adults welcome.
All equipment provided.
Ten weeks, $100
To register, contact the Ithaca Youth Bureau at 273-8364 or IYB@cityofithaca.org
This class is designed for easy entry to participation in the classes at our salle d'armes.

 

COMING SOON! Secrets of the Sword

This is a short series of classes intended to provide an overview of four of the weapons that we teach: Longsword, Rapier, Smallsword, and Sabre.
It is designed to dispel some of the myths people believe about swords that come from living in a society where people no longer carry swords, where the only place people see them is in some way a fantasy. Students who take this series of classes may find themselves interested in continuing to learn the truth about swords.
Dates and times to be announced.
For ages 12-up. There are no prerequisites, but keep in mind that some of these swords are fairly heavy. All equipment provided.

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