The Davis Fencing Academy, celebrating its 14th year serving the greater Sacramento area, has recently expanded its teaching space, allowing the organization to offer more classes than ever before.
And now comes word that the academy is accepting donations to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The academy is offering a one-hour introductory lesson with a recommended donation of $10 but any amount is welcome.
Lessons will begin at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the academy’s expanded location, 2121 Second St., Suite C-102, and it is helpful but not required to call in advance (530-758-7087) to reserve a spot.
In the new space, which was completed in January, the DFA has nine fencing strips, a larger seating area and coffee/snack bar. With more space and coaches, the academy also has expanded class offerings to include adult beginning lessons, a saber group class and a Mini Musketeers class for ages 6-8.
In addition, the space allows the organization to offer regular tournaments on Saturday mornings with events starting at 10 a.m. most weekends. Specific events are posted on the fencing tournament website www.askfred.net.
Along with the offerings at the club, the Davis Fencing Academy enjoys supporting physical education in the local schools. For several years, it has offered free P.E. fencing units at North Davis and Willett elementary schools. Although recent changes in insurance policies have forced it to charge a minimal fee for these classes, the cost remains below $5 per student and, according to DFA owner Simon Pitfield, the progress of the students during the three years has been impressive.
In celebration of its 14th anniversary, the public is invited to an open house party on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The event will feature fencing demonstrations and snacks, and coaches will be available for the one-hour introductory lessons. Wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes for the lessons.