Delta Fencing Center

STOCKTON - LIVERMORE   •   (209) 244-5836   •   info@deltafencingcenter.com

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Fencing classes and trainings in Stockton, CA

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The Arnold Rue Community Center in Stockton is the Delta Fencing Center's main training location for the athletes in California's Central Valley, covering Stockton, Tracy, Modesto, and Lodi area. Some 30 active fencers learn and train in two age groups - Youth (ages 6-12) and Senior (teens, ages 13+, and adults), at 6 training sessions a week.

In Stockton, we offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced fencing classes, individual lessons, and fencing camps for all ages, from 6 to 106! Come and learn the basics of the modern sport with professional fencing coaches. You'll get to try fencing in full fencing gear. Actual competition-quality fencing epees and electronic scoring equipment are available to all our students, in every class!

To sign up: Come to the front desk of the Arnold Rue Community Center (5758 Lorraine Ave), or to the Stockton's Parks and Recreation office at the Main Library. For any questions please call us at (209) 507-2633, or e-mail us at info@deltafencingcenter.com

Location: Arnold Rue Community Center, 5758 Lorraine Ave, Stockton, CA 95210
The facility is well lit, air-conditioned year around, with parking lot right outside the front door. There is also a great park outside, with a pond, playground, and BBQ/picnic area. Our training room is built for dancing, and has one of the best floors we have ever fenced on. One of the walls is covered with mirror, floor-to-ceiling! The training room can easily accomodate 12 fencers for footwork and drills, and 3 electronic-equipped fencing strips.

Friends and family members are welcome to stay in and watch the class, as long as they are respectful to the students and do not distract or interrupt the class or interfere with coaches.

Sep 2017 Schedule:

Class fee: Monthly, due before your first class in the month. The fee covers the scheduled classes in a given month. The schedule is always known before the beginning of the month, and it is printed with your fees payment receipt. Please note that the number of classes in a month may differ a bit from month to month, due to different number of days in different months, and due to Federal holidays and other days when the Arnold Rue Center is closed. On average, however, students that come to class twice a week, may expect 8 classes a month. Similarly, once-a-week students should expect on average 4 classes a month.

Early payment discount: If you pay the fees by the first calendar day of the month we'll sign you up with reduced fees - $90 for one class a week, $135 if you intend to come twice a week, and $175 for the Full program - 3 trainings a week and a complimentary monthly individual lesson.

If you miss a class: If you are sick, please let us know before the class you are about to miss, and we'll gladly let you come to another class for your age group, as long as there is room on the floor. Please get the coaches approval before you come outside your scheduled training. As long as your account is in good standing (fee paid in full, on time), if you miss half or more of the month's classes or trainings for medical or family emergency reasons, we'll gladly apply your fees to the next month.

Prerequisits: None, besides being healthy enough for vigorous exercise (please note that we have wheelchair fencing program, too). We want you happy and healthy; we will do our best to get you in shape and to keep you in shape; however, if at any point the exercise is too difficult, causes you pain, or makes you dizzy or hard to breathe, please feel free to walk it off, or stop and take a seat, until you feel you are ready to contnue. For students with conditions that may get exacerbated with exercise or may unexpectedly act up (epilepsy, diabetes, exercise-induced asthma and similar conditions), we require that a parent or an adult guardian is present.

Equipment: We provide all the fencing equipment - fencing masks, jackets and plastrons, chest plates, gloves, epees and body cords, test and simple repair tools, and electronic scoring equipment. Our students can use club's equipment at any class, training, or a tournament we host, for as long as they want, free of charge.

Dress code: All we ask from you is to come in T-shirt, fencing knickers or long athletic pants or warmups, and sneakers. Please no shorts, dresses, skirts, jeans, cargo pants; leggings/tights/yoga pants, while advertised as athleticwear, are not appropriate for our fencing classes. We also ask you to wear socks which are long enough that the skin between the sock and the pants is not exposed. All boys and men must wear athletic cup, the same kind as used in biking or baseball. Your clothing needs to be clean, with no tears or holes (during fencing the rip can catch the epee's point, so its a safety concern).

Special needs: Due to the nature of the sport, we are unable to accomodate students with special needs. For the wheelchair program, please inquire for the program at Stockton location.

For students with developmental, behavioral, or learning conditions (Bi-polar, OCD, ASD, ADD, ADHD, PDD, for example), or with an intellectual disability, please notify the instructor BEFORE the beginning of the first class. If in doubt if this activity is appropriate for your child, please contact us BEFORE signing up.

Spectators: Parents, guardians and family members are welcome to stay and watch the class. We ask that they refrain from any activities that draw student's attention, or from interfering with coaches. We also ask that they stay off the fencing floor.

Discipline and safety: The instructors will remove from the activity any student who jeopardizes their own, or other students, or spectators safety, even if un-intentionally.

To learn more: Call us at (209) 507-2633, or e-mail us at info@deltafencingcenter.com

   

Fencing tidbit

Jean-Joseph Renaud, a member of the fourth place French sabre team in 1908, was the organizer and director of over one hundred illegal private duels. He justified his role in these clandestine encounters by explaining that "generally both parties are so nervous that nobody gets hurt, the offended hero soothes his honor, and everyone goes away happy."

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