and foremost the instructor must
be experienced and properly trained. Ask to see
credentials like a diploma or certification from where
they were trained. Is the coach a certified
fencing master from an accredited FIE (Federation
Internationale D'Escrime) or USFA (US fencing
long have they been teaching?
personal fencing experience, accomplishments and/or
conduct the classes themselves or use junior fencing
Be sure they
have experience working with children.
must be patient and know how to communicate with
children as well as teenagers.
have a true passion for fencing and teaching it to
show enthusiasm about the sport.
Ask if they
have children of their own.
Check to see
what their coaching philosophy is.
Ask if they
have references that you can contact.
their availability work with your schedule?
teacher employing safe techniques?
classes and watch them with their pupils. Are the
students having fun?
parents of existing students and you will find out a
great deal of information. Does their child look
forward to their fencing class? Do they enjoy
their teacher? Does the coach provide adequate feedback?
Do they feel the coach is competent?
follow your intuition it will never let you down.