Desert Fencing Academy

The DFA Mission

The mission of Desert Fencing Academy is to provide a home to fencers of all skill levels, and to encourage their growth as a fencer and as a person.

About Desert Fencing Academy

Desert Fencing Academy opened its doors on February 24, 2003. It is the dream come true for College of the Desert fencing coach, Leslie Taft.

"For several years I've dreamed of opening my own fencing club where all fencers, beginning, intermediate, advanced, recreational and high-level could come to train, take lessons and bout with other fencers, and now the desert has such a facility at Desert Fencing Academy."

Desert Fencing Academy welcomes fencers of all levels and ages. Instruction in all three weapons:

  • Foil
  • Sabre
  • Epee

Classes range from group sessions to individual lessons. All equipment is provided.

Club Etiquette

Every Desert Fencing Academy fencer should abide by the following club etiquette:

  1. Upon entering the salle, you should greet all fencers and visitors and shake hands.
  2. All fencers should stretch for 5 to 15 minutes to warm-up the body and muscles.
  3. After warm-up, fencers should practice footwork and lunges.
  4. Get a fencing partner and warm-up prior to your lesson and work on some fencing technique or tactic.
  5. When the coach calls you for your lesson, be ready to begin. If there’s something you want to work on, let the coach know.
  6. After the lesson, thank the coach and shake hands.
  7. Fence with everyone.
  8. Shake hands and thank the people who fence with you.
  9. Hit light.
  10. Be courteous.
  11. Do not distract other fencers from their warm-up, footwork, lesson or sparing.
  12. Before leaving the salle, put away all your gear and say good-bye to the coach, the fencers and visitors.

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