Testimonial 3

"After fencing competitively in high school and college, I decided to return to the sport in 2001 when I relocated to New Jersey for my job. Having had little practice in the previous seven years, I thought maybe I would take some lessons and show up to bout once in a while.

It didn't take long before I was back in competition mode. I brushed up my skills in intermediate classes for a few months, and then Maestro Holbrow invited me to join the competition training group when he saw I was serious about competing. Just over a year after joining, I fenced in my first North American Circuit tournament and started qualifying for Nationals — something I had never considered even as a college fencer. In addition, I was offered private lessons with Maestro Jim Flint.

It's very difficult to break 20 years of bad habits, but the individual attention and style of instruction from all the instructors have helped me improve my form, technique and performance tremendously. BCAF has an outstanding roster of high-level fencers, and yet every single student is encouraged to improve, excel and, most important, have fun. As fencers develop their skills, they are actively encouraged to fence more frequently and are always welcomed by the more experienced fencers.

As an adult member, I have felt as valued as students who are just starting their fencing adventures. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the club is also a wonderful aspect of the club. I've made many good friends and enjoyed good times joking around and socializing with everyone from 14-year-old beginners to fencing parents eager for some insight. Lots of clubs offer training and more for their best fencers. BCAF makes it fun, challenging and rewarding for everyone."