Knights of the Roundtable
Knights of the Roundtable is Swordplay LA’s specialized youth fencing program. These fencing classes are specially designed for kids aged 5-8. Our young squires will master the fundamentals of fencing so that, once they’re old enough, they can start training with any weapon and be a powerful competitive force.
How it works
In the Knights of the Roundtable Program, young knights will move through four levels of mastership — from White Knight to Red Knight to Golden Knight, and, ultimately, to Knight of the Roundtable. Each level will require different levels of mastership and will be rewarded with that level’s “coat of arms” banner, which will be worn on as an armband over fencing equipment.
The Path to Your Seat on the Knights of the Roundtable
Learn basic footwork (advance, retreat, lunge, en garde, salute)
Learn the basic historical beginning of Fencing as a sport
Learn to put away your own gear and how to minimize damage to equipment and clothing
Learn the etiquette by fencers on the strip both before and after a bout (shaking hands, director acknowledgment, team support, etc.)
Successful completion of Level 1 responsibilities
You must be able get suited up by yourself and be able to identify all gear by name
You must successfully demonstrate 4 main parries and targets
You must successfully learn to name and explain differences between the three weapons
You must successfully identify all apparatus used in a bout and learn the various bout disciplinary measures that can be taken by a Director
Successful completion of Levels 1 & 2
You must successfully learn 2 strong actions that can be used to score within a bout
You must show support for fellow Knights by respecting others during their bouts
You must be an assistant referee for 10 bouts
You must be able to name and point to the targets for all 3 weapons
You must research and report on an Olympic level bout
Successful completion of Levels 1, 2 & 3
You must help Level 1 Knights suit up with their gear after you suit up with your own gear
You must successfully complete your understanding of 6 actions, then demonstrate your understanding by using them to score during a bout
You must fence a bout in each weapon
You must complete your point control challenge designated by the Instructor
You must encourage the sportsmanship of fencing and positively support others during their bouts
Each Level will be represented by a different Coat of Arms. Each Coat of Arms will be in the form of a patch, using 4 different colors.
Students will be encouraged to collect all four patches and wear them over the fencing attire using the attached elastic armband.
Who’s it For?
Kids ages 5-8 who are looking for a fun and exciting introduction into the world of fencing.
Kids who want to track their progress—earning “coat of arms” patches as the move through the 4 levels of mastership on their way to the Knights of the Roundtable.
Schedule and Pricing
We currently offer two Knights of the Roundtable slots on our class schedule:
Friday: 4:00-5:00 pm
If you’re just trying it out, you can pay a $33 drop-in fee. But if you want to commit, we recommend getting a $118 Unlimited Classes Membership so you don’t have to pay every time you attend a class.
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