Fencing, Youth Programs (Ages 7-18)
For a fun and healthy competitive sport that offers a workout for both mind and body, you can try fencing. Fencing offers many health benefits including increased flexibility, leg strength and endurance, and improved coordination. Additionally, because fencing requires you to learn how to predict and outwit your opponent, it is a sport that can greatly improve your concentration, reflexes and ability to notice small details. Children and teens alike who are interested in the sport can learn fencing with the New England Fencing Alliance.
About the Instructor: Michael Tarascio was a member of the United States World Championship Team in Men’s Foil. Michael is a Level 4 Foil coach certified through the United States Fencing Association. Also, certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance and the American Sports Education Program. He teaches Recreational Classes for Youth, Teens, and Adults. Also, Michael teaches Advanced Level Technique and Tactics Classes and provides Individual Coaching for the Serious Competitive Fencer. Michael’s philosophy on fencing is: “Participate in fencing because it’s fun.”
Equipment Policy and Rental: Our policy is that NEFA provides new fencers with equipment for the first eight weeks. For the second and each subsequent session, there is a rental fee payable to the instructor of $40 for eight classes. An individual may instead purchase (recommended) a beginner set (7 pieces) that costs approximately $200. The set includes a foil, mask, jacket, glove, underarm protector, plastic chest protector and a fencing bag.
Cancellations: If we need to cancel fencing on a scheduled fencing day, one may make up the class on another day in Arlington, Wakefield or Winchester regardless of where one fences.
For more information, please contact Michael Tarascio at Michael@nefencing.com or 978-210-2711.
Please note that Michael Tarascio will donate $25 to the Reading Food Pantry for each registration we receive from a first-time participant in one of our Reading Recreation Fencing Classes.