name: Fencing I/II for Children
Class limit: 16
Restrictions: Ages 6 and up
Time: 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Fencing is one of the five original events in Olympic Games. It was popular among European gentlemen for physical training and nobility cultivation. It is still regarded as a gracious and classy sport today.
Foil, epee, and sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of fencing. It is aimed to train agility, quickness, and subtlety of movement. The sport has been described as ‘chess with muscles’ suggesting that complicated strategy lies behind the thrusts and parries that punctuate a duel.
In order to broaden the knowledge of ACLS fencing students, the ACLS fencing teachers recommend that at least once per semester, the ACLS fencing students should go on a field trip to visit a fencing club or visit a fencing competition in the greater Boston area. The ACLS fencing teachers will provide all the necessary information for such visits at the appropriate time.
Equipment can be purchased through the instructor at the cost of around $160.00.
**Parents of the students are required to sign a Liability Waiver Form at the beginning of the semester.
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.