How is what you do different from modern foil, epee, or saber fencing?

While all fencing is fundamentally based on timing and distance, the kind of fencing we teach is primarily done with the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century rapier rather than a lighter modern weapon. This weapon’s greater length and weight calls for different tactical emphases. When possible, we try to base our training with these weapons on the sources contemporary with their use – fencing instructional manuals from the Renaissance. However, our interpretation also integrates our own background in modern fencing pedagogy and the insights of twentieth-century kinesiology.

What are your teaching qualifications?

  • David Coblentz was certified as a fencing master by a board of maestri in May 2010. His training came primarily from the San Jose Fencing Masters Program.
  • Dori Coblentz was certified as a provost at arms with a historical concentration in Italian rapier by the Sonoma State fencing Masters Certificate Program in July of 2017.
  • Ben Hay is studying as an assistant instructor

Do you work with children?

We are happy to work with children 11 years and older as long as they have a parent or guardian present.

What level of athleticism do I need to have?

Fencing is a great workout and can be as intense or as moderate as you want it to be, depending on your current physical condition. We are experienced in working with learners of all different ages and ranges of physical ability, and our small class environment enables us to give each student individualized attention that focuses on helping him or her reach personal goals.

Will I get to do any swordfighting?

We start beginning students with lessons and drills geared toward preparing them for agonistic bouts. When students can safely handle the weapon, they fence first with instructors or more experienced fencers, and later with their peers.

Do you have a couples or siblings discount?

Contact us with details and we’ll see what we can do.