name: Preparations for Competitive
Fencing for Children
Class limit: 16
Restrictions: Ages 6 and up
Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Prerequisite: Two years of fencing lessons at ACLS or equivalent. In this course, the students will practice bout with electrical equipment. They will learn about the piste and the rules of bout. As they go through each bout, the coach will comment on their techniques and movements. Certain techniques will be reviewed or taught as needed. Each student will also learn how to direct a fencing bout and how to keep score. If possible, one or two field trips will be arranged to visit a local fencing club or a local USFA fencing competition. The ultimate goal of this course is to prepare the students to participate in USFA (United States Fencing Association) competitions. All students will need to purchase electrical equipment. Details for purchasing electrical equipment will be provided at the meeting.
A small fee of $5 per semester will be made payable to the Instructor for maintenance of the electronic scoring machine and other necessary accessories.
Instructor: Tungshan Chang and Sue Chang
A native of Beijing, Tung-Shan Chang has been an amateur fencing coach in the U.S.
for more than 40 years. Recently, Chang turned professional after accepting an appointment
to an Assistant Fencing Coach position at Wellesley College where he coaches both the saber
and foil varsity teams. As the head fencing coach at the New England Movement Arts Fencing
Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, Chang gives instructions in foil, saber and epee.
As a competitive member of the USFA (United States Fencing Association), he competes in
local, national and international competitions.
Since the nineteen eighties, Sue Chang has been involved in her three children’s fencing activities, starting with taking them to fencing lessons at various fencing clubs and later managing their participation in competitions at Sectionals, NACs, Junior Olympics, Nationals, and international competitions. More recently, Sue has been teaching beginner’s foil fencing classes for young children at ACLS and at the New England Movement Arts (NEMA) Fencing Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Sue is a professional member of the United States Fencing Association. Parents of fencing students can consult Sue regarding participation in local and national competitions.