Denver Fencing Center Announces 2004 Summer Camps: An Opportunity to engage in ‘Physical Chess'

DENVER, CO March 23, 2004--The Denver Fencing Center ( continues to expand its suite of offerings to the community with its 2004 summer camps for youth aged 8-14. These 1-week camps supplement the DFC's fencing curriculum that focuses on the instruction, technique, and strategy of the exciting sport of fencing.

The first set of camps from June 7th to the 11th will focus on the fundamentals of fencing foil, which has been fencing's primary training weapon. Students will learn to fence and develop an understanding of how fencing's strategy, rules, and conduct relate to the history of swordsmanship. Nathan Anderson, DFC Head Coach and former all-American, all Ivy-League foil fencer (University of Pennsylvania), will teach this camp with an emphasis on basic and intermediate attacks and parries.

The 2nd set of camps, from July 12th to the 16th will teach kids how to fence both foil and epée and show the differences between the two weapons. Epée, a modern descendant of the dueling weapons, follows a different set of rules and strategies than foil. Nathan Anderson and Whitney Anderson, former all-American Epee fencer (Yale) will teach this camp.

Fencing, over the past four years, has grown to over 500,000 competitors nationally and locally, Colorado has seen similar growth. According the Denver Fencing Center head coach Nathan Anderson, "Participation in the sport of fencing has surged for several reasons: the popularity of films such as ‘Pirates of Caribbean' that prominently feature sword fighting; the uniqueness of a sport where boys and girls can compete equally, and most important, the great physical and mental workout that one receives. This is why fencing is often referred to as ‘physical chess."

Space in the camps is limited. Prospective campers are invited to tour the facility during normal business hours. The Denver Fencing Center is open Monday-Thursday from 4pm to 9:30pm, Fridays from 4pm to 7pm, 9am to 12:30 on Saturdays, and by appointment for private lessons. Home school classes can also be arranged. Contact Nathan Anderson at 303-922-7288 or visit for registration materials.

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