Coach GerryD's affiliation
with TAMPA FENCING ACADEMY
the original founder
(1992). Presently Coach
GerryD is a freelance
volunteer (RONIN)fencing coach and teacher, offering beginners and experienced fencers' individual or
small group practice
in the basics of sport fencings' technique
and tactics. All Fencing Practice
Equipment is Provided to Beginners
at Tampa Fencing Academy and Coach GerryD's
On October 2007 Coach GerryD transferred the Academy and job of Head
Coach /Director/Owner of Tampa's Fencing Academy
(TFA) to Coach Boyco Krastavich,
a Bulgarian educated fencing coach and Sports Educator
with international competitive experience.
Coach GerryD continued teaching at TFA
and at summer physical education Olympic fencing credit classes
at Berkeley Preparatory
School, Tampa FL. On October 2013
he began teaching the Fencing Practic.
TFA Tampa Fencing Academy
is a fencing club located only
3 miles from Coach GerryD's Fencing
Practice. TFA's membership fee is $65/month: you can spar and play (open fencing)
up to 6 days a week including Saturdays & Sundays. There are
additional fees for group and or individual lessons at TFA Tampa Fencing
Hanah practise's with Coach GerryD and also participate
in the competitive fencing at Tampa
Fencing Academy twice a week.
Michael at age 57 is my new Tyro student (beginner), practicing with me twice a week. He is intrigued
with the complexity and challenges in the practice of the holistic sport of fencing. Dr. Michael
A. Bortner is also a student and scholar of Japanese history and culture and is an author of a book about Imperial Japanese
good luck flags and stitch belts used by the Japanese warriors in World War II. For information about Michael’s book
go to: http://www.gethistorytoday.com/index.html
Gary at age 71, practices fencing
with me every Wednesday. After witch we have espressos and tell each other war stories.
Nowa age 13, started his Fencing Practice
on Halloween 2014 and within a month became a member of Tampa Fencing Academy. At present he is training at both
the Practice and the Academy.
sport fencing has been part of Coach Gerardo Duran's
life since 1987. In that year he attended fencing coach's Foil and Sabre seminar in Orlando FL.
From that day on, he knew that “he was a Fencing
Coach". All that he needed was the Fencing Coaching skills. To start
his new career, he attended in 1991 and 1992 the United States Fencing Association's (USFA)
Coaches College at the Olympic Training Center (OTC), Colorado
Springs, founded “Tampa's Fencing Academy” Tampa Florida, and became a lifetime
member of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association. Ten years
later at age 62 it was time to retire from his day job to dedicate
25 hours a week in teaching and coaching sport fencing at the Academy and local private schooled. Coach GerryD
revisited the Coaches College in 2005 for 3 weeks of
coaches training (EPEE, FOIL, SABRE) and was privileged to attended a seven day seminar
“Sport Fencing- The Unity of Theory and Practice”,
with renowned Polish Fencing Master and Coach Professor Zhigniew
Czajkowski. "There is always something more to learn in this sport: better techniques, tactics,
and pedagogy. Now that the USA has earned their first gold fencing
metals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics, more people are attracted
to fencing as a recreational sport. Everyone can succeed in the sport
of fencing. All that's needed is love for the game".
From 2006 to 2012 Coach GerryD was privileged to work
with Berkeley Preparatory Schools faculty and students on the schools
OLYMPIC Fencing Summer Physical Education credit class".
Credit Course is no logger offered in BERKELEY'S
There is a changing
room and lavatory for your convenience at the Coach
GerryD's Fencing Practice.
There is a $5.00 enrolment
required to start your Sport fencing practice with Coach
GerryD; for US Fencers’ insurance.
I am homecaring my
wife Roselyn 24-7, so I'm no-logger teaching at fencing
clubs in the Tampa bay area. I give fencing practice to new and experienced fencing
students interested in skill training. I also develop video
tutorials that are published on my YouTube channel and
on this website.
The Fencing Practice,
is away from the distracting activities you’ll find at fencing clubs. The practice
focuses on clear explanation of the: skills, technique
and tactics you’ll need to succeed in your competitive play
and training at a fencing club like Tampa Fencing
Academy. This training is a sound preparation and/or introduction to this Martial sport, for new and
experienced practitioner’s; Adults Sport/Fitness and
children ages 12+.
Available for Practice by appointment: Week Days and Saturdays & Sundays.
You can see "Fencing
Practice" Video Tutorials at: