BAF Level One
An introductory award designed for those who wish to begin to teach fencing. Candidates who successfully reach the required standard should be able to take absolute beginners – either singly or in small groups – and to teach them the basic strokes of fencing.
Who is it aimed at?
– Those who are 18 or over and who wish to start to teach/coach
– Those currently without qualifications
– Those wishing to broaden their fencing knowledge
What are the requirements?
– Basic fencing knowledge
– A desire to learn and acquire skills and knowledge
Where do I go for the training?
– To your a local coach with a knowledge of the BAF Coach Education System and/or
– To a weekend coaching session (recommended) and/or
– To a formal residential course (attendance at a residential course is not compulsory)
How do I get qualified?
– By passing an assessment by a BAF Master or a Maître d’Escrime (weapon specific) or a Provost or an Advanced qualified coach (weapon specific) assisted by the holder of a BAF Level 3 Coaching Award (weapon specific)
– The time and place of the assessment can be arranged by mutual agreement between you and the assessor
What will I learn?
– Fencing terminology
– The basic skills of a coach necessary to give the correct openings and conditions for a variety of fencing actions
– How to conduct class and individual lessons
– The key teaching points associated with basic fencing movements
– Health and Safety Information
How long is the course?
– The length of the course is variable to suit yourself, your circumstances and ability
– When you or your coach think you are ready ask for an assessment to be set up
What do I get when I pass?
– A certificate from the BAF
– You are then eligible to apply for membership of the BAF as an ‘Associate of the Academy’. The BAF is an Internationally recognised coaching organisation.
– Associates of the Academy enjoy a number of benefits including
insurance cover for coaching activities, discounts on Academy courses,
receipt of the Academy Newsletter.
What supporting documentation is there available?
– A syllabus and list of questions
– Key Teaching Points for all of the weapons
– A Glossary of Terminology
– Foreign Language equivalents of English Terminology