The Sonoma State University Fencing Pedagogy Certificate Program is one of only two fencing teacher’s training programs offered by institutions of higher learning in the United States.

Fencing is one of the oldest physical training disciplines and it develops in its practitioners an exceptionally high level of mental and physical training that develops tactical skills and rapid reflex responses.

Fencing has a long and distinguished past and our course of study includes the exploration of the historical roots of modern fencing, as well as an in-depth analysis of the traditional Italian school of fencing, bouting practice, and how to teach all of the above to students of every level of accomplishment from beginner to advanced competitor.

The knowledge and skills candidates will gain by taking the course are:

• Mastery of fencing theory and practice in the Classical Italian fencing tradition

• Facility with the history of fencing

• How to run a club or fencing program

• Introduction to alternative fencing venues such as theatrical and historical fencing

There will be three levels of completion in the program: Instructor, Provost, and Master at Arms. Students will be expected to have competency in each of the above categories in accord with the level of certificate they seek.

An Instructor should have familiarity with the main concepts in fencing theory in one weapon (Foil, Epée, or Sabre), a Provost should have a greater understanding inclusive of all three weapons, whereas a Master at Arms should have a complete understanding of the theory and practice of all fencing arms.