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Sun, Jul 31


Forge Fencing Academy and Club

WFencing Summer Colloquium 2022

Leadership, Coaching and Referee Development July 31st - August 5th 2022 in the heart of Durham, NC. Lead Instructors include: Alex Gioiella, Nat Goodhartz, Jeff Kallio, Sandra Marchant, Jen Oldham, Julie Seal, Les Stawicki and others ...

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WFencing Summer Colloquium 2022
WFencing Summer Colloquium 2022

Time & Location

Jul 31, 2022, 1:00 PM EDT – Aug 05, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT

Forge Fencing Academy and Club, 610 N. Duke St, Durham, NC 27701, USA


About the Event

Sandra Marchant Lead Coach - Epee and Para

*Nat Goodhartz  and Julie Seal (Wednesday- Friday)

Alex Gioiella - USA Fencing Referee Instructor and Examiner

Jeff Kallio  - USFCA Examination Coordinator

Jen Oldham - Event Coordinator

Dawn Wilson - Community and Club Leadership Roles

Cathleen Randall - Leadership

*live-streamed in for various session throughout the week

Topics presented with an athlete-centered approach in order to support the development of athletes from beginner to national team. Format will be collaborative, hands-on, and involve lesson and information exchanges by participants. Bring full fencing and coaching gear.

Referee Seminar: Seminar will be Sunday 1-5pm and Monday/Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm. No additional fee to participate. You must attend all sessions to be qualified to take the exam.

Coaching Training: All levels of coaching expertise will work with the Olympic-style weapons foil, epee and saber.

Leadership Training: Theme: Finding Voice and Taking Action.

Armory: We have an armory on site and guest armorers from across NC.

USFCA Examinations: Can be taken throughout the week. Additional fees and registration through USFCA.

Students: Athletes in training will have ample opportunity for individual lessons and self-improvement with coaches from across the United States.

Process Groups: Discuss and learn from 'like-peers' in groups of 6-10 participants processing their role as a leader.

Day One Sunday 7/31: Getting Started.

  • 1-5pm Referee Seminar.
  • 5-6:30 Meet and Greet w/ food buy-in option for dinner.
  • 6:30-7:30pm Lead Coach Introductions and introduction to your Process Group.

Daily General Schedule Monday - Friday.

  • Morning Session: 9:00am - Noon
  • Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 5:00ish
  • Practice Sessions: 6:30 - 8:30pm (Monday and Wednesday Referee Seminar)     

Day Two Monday 8/1: The Essentials.

  • Commons Language in Fencing - Verbal and Non Verbal Cueing.
  • Learning styles, training responses and the science behind training.
  • Beginner Class Progressions.
  • Video and in person review of beginner coach lessons. You will be asked to submit links before July 15th.
  • Parafencing Basics

Day Three Tuesday 8/2: Competing.

  • Technical Skills You Can’t Miss in order to Build Champions.
  • Structuring the Individual Lesson.
  • Honoring Different Body Builds: How to be Athlete-cetric yet be Firm on Technique.
  • Modern challenges in American Fencing/Group Problem Sloving. 
  • Intermediate Verbal and Non Verbal Cueing.

Day Four Wednesday 8/3: Referee + Coach +  Parent.

  • Advanced Coaching, Referee and Parenting Developmental/Role Plays.
  • How can coaches and referees work together better?
  • Video and in person review of advanced coach lessons. Use of video replay in coaching development.
  • Coaching on the Spectrum: Autism, ADHD.

Day Five Thursday 8/4: Building A Team.

  • Identifying different types of training groups. Can you develop a fencer only with group practices?
  • Marketing and development of your Team.
  • Supporting Veteran Fencers.
  • Video and in person review of group lessons. 
  • Leading High Performance Teams and Natvigating Group Dynamics.

Day Six Friday 8/5: Customized Group Training.

  • The Leadership Core will develop content based on the needs of the group, what you want more of and Process Group activities/presentations.
  • Individual lesson observations, practicing individual lessons and constructive feedback.
  • Group celebration.

Day Seven 8/6 Saturday: Optional day for USFCA Coaching Certification testing.

Please note, final agenda will be fluid and adapted to support and meet the group needs. Stawicki intends to spend the whole week, but we are mindful of life issues that may need tending to. 

HOUSING: Multiple housing options are within walking distance,  including a Marriott Residence Inn. We are adjacent to the neighborhood of Trinity Park if searching for temporary housing in Downtown Durham. A grocery store and a wide variety of food options are also in walking distance. Group food orders for lunch will take place the night before. Food is not included in the camp fee.

The FACILITY is a work of fencing art, 8,000 sq foot, fully accessible, with 16 full-size electric strips on a custom built athletic floor and one paraplatform. We have four bathrooms and one shower.

COST: $475 includes camp fee only. Testing fees for USA Fencing Referee and US Coaching Association are separate.

VOLUNTEERS and SCHOLARSHIPS: We are keeping the fee as low as possible for a high qualify event. We appreciate donations and if fee doesn't work for your budget, volunteers can help offset costs. Sponsors are welcome. Please email for more information.

COVID-19: We will follow all local mandates and expect folks to be vaccinated and self-monitor. As we get closer to understanding where we are in the pandemic, guidelines may shift.


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