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Pan American Fencing Academy

Better Fencing Through Better Coaching

Welcome to PAFA

OUR MISSION:  The mission of the Pan American Fencing Academy is to educate the next generation of American fencing coaches. 

HOW WE DO OUR MISSION: To carry out this mission we (1) present high quality on-site National Training Program coaching clinics to meet the knowledge needs of fencers at every level of coaching certification, (2) publish manuals and guides for coaches, and (3) develop programs and products that coaches can use to support their athletes' development.

VALUES: We believe that fencing coaches should be true professionals, highly competent in not only teaching the use of the sword, but also in the related areas of sports science and sports management needed to produce superior athletes and well run fencing businesses.

RELATIONSHIP TO CERTIFICATION:  We support the professional certification programs of the United States Fencing Coaches Association and the coaching development activities of the USA Fencing. 

OUR PATCH: Red, yellow, and blue are Pan American colors.  The black and white check evokes the fencer's mask with black to represent the professional coach and white the amateur fencer.  The sword is a common theme in the coats of arms of associations of fencing masters, and was in the arms granted to the English Masters of the Noble Science of Defense.  Patches worn by graduates of our courses carry one bronze star for the Assistant Moniteur course, two bronze stars for the Moniteur course, one silver star for the Prevot course, and one gold star for the Maitre d'Armes course.

Salle Green LLC

The Pan American Fencing Academy is one of three centers operated by Salle Green; it provides a home for Salle training programs for coaches, and offers a skill development program to the fencing community.  If you are interested in coaching and live in the metropolitan Richmond, Virginia area, please visit Salle Green's website and join us in person.

Glossary Update

We are back to working on the Glossary - 106 terms today from 25 contemporary sources, a drop in the bucket, but getting to be a bigger drop every time we add one headed toward our goal of 500.

Musketeer Program

Our new program for Youth 10 and Youth 8 fencer skill development is now operational.  This program is designed to encourage fencer development as a good technician and as a responsible athlete.  Information is on our Musketeer page.  Print materials for the first rank, Musketeer, are available now, with patches to come in the next month. 

Glossary Update

We continue to work on the Glossary.  As a living document we add terms on an irregular basis, but try to always make additions each week.  We have reached 90 terms, with a conservative estimate of a final count of 500 as a target for the project.

New Level 3 Fencer

Congratulations to Fred Vegas, who fences at Salle Green, for earning his Level 3 in the Pan American Fencing Academy Skills Development Program in Epee.  He also holds Level 3 in Foil.

New Level 2 Fencer

Congratulations to Nathan Hayes for satisfactorily completing the written and practical skills tests for PAFA's Skill Development Program in Foil at Salle Green on 14 February 2017. 

New Level 3 Fencer

Congratulations to Fred Vegas for earning Level 3 in Foil (already held Level 3 in Epee) in the Pan American Fencing Academy skill development program. 

Training Tips

Our catalog of training tips applicable to fencing is now up to 42 good thought-provokers that can help improve your fencing and training, and we have completed a reworking of the list to divide it by topics.

New Glossary

We have added a glossary to the site.  This is a long term project, adding one new term several times a week, with an end goal of 500+ terms that relate to fencing, to coaching fencing, and to training fencers.

Materials Update

We are in the midst of a complete update of materials for the Skills Development Program.  The program manual and requirements have been updated, and a complete set of updated Level 1 materials published.  We are working on Level 2 materials at this time.

Open Badges

We are in the process of developing open badges for the Skill Level Program and for award to individuals who complete National Training Program clinics cohosted by PAFA.  Open Badges are icons with embedded metadata that identifies the awarding organization, the purpose of the qualification, and the requirements.  They are increasingly widely accepted as a means of credentialing knowledge and skills gained in nontraditional ways, and are awarded by schools and colleges, corporations, training vendors, organizations, etc.

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