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									                      Cercle d’Escrime de Princeton
                            The Sebastiani Fencing Academy
     Traditional excellence of the French School of Fencing
                          in Princeton

                              SEASON 2006-2007

Professor Michel Sebastiani
Head Fencing Master, MS, MA Paris
US World Championship Juniors and Seniors Coach
US Olympic Coach 1984

 Our method: a study of the Traditional French School of Fencing which has been
   and is still practiced at the highest level of competitions all over the world !
Corporate mailing address
(Please remit payment to): C.E.P SEBASTIANI FENCING ACADEMY PO Box. 7314 – Princeton, NJ 08543-
OFFICETel/Fax:               609.419.1700
CLUB:                         908.872.1280
HOTLINE:                      908.872.1280
(In caseof inclement weather, call this number to find out if classes are being cancelled).

Classes held at:
PDS (Princeton Day School)and PASH (Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart)
The Great Road - Princeton, NJ 08540 (see last page for directions)

             Cercle d’Escrime de Princeton ,Sebastiani Fencing
               “Learn the real Art of Fencing, the oldest Modern Sport !”
From Little Knights to Tournament Training, you will find classes for all ages (6 years old to adult!), levels, and
abilities at the Cercle d’Escrime de Princeton! The C.E.P is recognized as a unique French style fencing school in the

C.E.P Instruction includes:

        Fencing fundamentals
        Body position, body in motion, changes of direction and lunges
        Foot work, general notion of conditioning
        Study of fencing technique and theory of fencing (study of hand positions,
         offensive actions, defensive actions)
        International Rules. Basic tactics

 Weekly schedule of classes (year round)

              5:00       5:45     6:30     7:30       7:30   8:30  8:30
MO                   5 - 6:30PM INTENSIVE TRAINING for COMPETITORS
                                      with Maitre Sebastiani

TU                                 Beg.2    Int/Ad       Beg.2        Int/Adv.
                                    Foil    Saber        Saber          Epee

WE                                 Beg.2      Int         Beg2        Int/Adv.
                                   Epee       Foil       Saber.         Epee

TH                                Interm.     Int                     Int/Adv.
                                   Saber      Foil                      Epee

SAT/SU Tournaments (see calendar of events)
MEMBERSHIP: $ 210 / year
   Includes: Registration fees – Insurance – Evaluations – Matches and Club championships - Open bouting
   (members have the opportunity to fence freely anytime with a partner on Tuesdays – Wednesdays and Thursdays,
   we provide F.I.E calibrated scoring apparatus -International Federation of Fencing) - Discounted prices on
   1 class/week: $ 599/ semester* - 2 classes/week: $ 1198/ semester
   Family discount 20% off for 2nd member

   One can start at any time during the year. Semester length is 5 months and is determined when
   you start taking classes. For example if you start November 10, your semester payment covers the
   period: Nov. 10 to April 10. There is NO interruption of classes between semester 1 and 2. You
   will be billed automatically 10 days prior to the start of your second semester (see Policy)

2006-2007 SEASON: YEAR ROUND PROGRAM (09/05/06 – 06/19/07)*

C.E.P Calendar of Events


WEEKENDS: Look for U.S.F.A Competitions around the State/Country:
www.usfencing.org ***********www.nj.fencing.org

*Classes will not be held on the following dates:
11/23/06 Thanksgiving Day
12/22/06-01/02/07 Christmas break
--------Spring break
If we have to cancel class due to weather conditions, make-up will be offered.
  Must be signed and sent to: Sebastiani Fencing C.E.P- PO Box 7314 – Princeton NJ 08543-7314

           Payment ($ 210 Membership fee + $599 Semester tuition) must be mailed with this form.
                      Membership agreement must be signed and returned with this form.
              We are unable to hold spots for students whose applications are incomplete
First Name:          _________________________________________________________________
Last Name:            _________________________________________________________________
Address:             _________________________________________________________________
City/State/Zip:       _________________________________________________________________
Home Telephone #: ____________________________Cell phone #:___________________________
Work Telephone #: __________________________________________________________________
Birthdate (children): ____________________Age: ______School:_____________________________
Name of Parent/Guardian: _____________________________________________________________
Parent’s Email address (Please print clearly) ______________________________________

Are you a Novice ? (never introduced to Fencing before)          yes / no

Are you a Beginner? (two years of serious study or less*) yes / no
Where have you learned fencing before ?

Have you fenced competitively ? ________            How long ? __________Where_________?
USFA Ranking if any:________                          Weapon:________________

In case of emergency call:
Insurance Company and Policy #:
 Please indicate: ( You may register in more than one class per week.)
GROUP LESSONS: Day/ weapon/level 1st choice ------------------------------------------------------
                                              2nd choice---------------------------------------------------
          Not sure of my level, would like to be tested -----------------------------------------------------
Would you like to receive PRIVATE INSTRUCTION as well ?-----------------------------------------
                       Day+time+weapon / 1st choice ------------------------------------------------------
                                                 2nd     choice------------------------------------------------------

*You will be evaluated on your mastery of the sport at this point.

Equipment order form - we order the equipment that is right and safe for you !
(To be sent with your Registration)

HAND: RH            LH 
WEAPON : FOIL            SABER             EPEE 
FENCING SHOES /SIZE ______________
FENCING SOCKS /SIZE         ______________Indicate your size in Inches:JACKET: MEASURE AROUND
PALM WITHOUT THE THUMB -----------------------
                                     YEAR PROGRAM POLICIES

*    Payments: Payment is expected at time of instruction (Cash or Check only).
*    Cancellations: Customer is responsible for payment unless 24 hour notice is given.

*    Payments(*): Semester payment is due 10 days before starting classes. A $15 surcharge will be
    assessed on late payments (tuition or equipment invoices) . If one needs to withdraw from classes at
    the end of the first semester, one needs to let us know in writing.
*    Make-ups: If a class is missed due to illness, one can take 1 make-up a month only if we are called 24
    hrs. in advance (No call, no make-up!). We do not make-up absences due to fatigue - homework –
    school tests - family vacation – trips and any other reasons.
*    Carryovers: There will be absolutely no carryovers for missed classes from one semester to another!
*    Refunds: No refunds for late arrivals, early departures, or withdrawal from class.

       (*)Any invoices and most of the correspondences with members will be sent by EMAIL. It is
      your responsibility to provide us with a valid email address and to check that your filter allows
      our 2 email addresses: <accounting@fencinginstruction>. <gsebastiani@comcast.net>

*      There is a $15 late fee for any late payment.
*      There is a $25 charge for any returned checks.

                               SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS

*      Students may wear their complete fencing equipment when entering the fencing room
*      Long hair must be tied back.
*      Spectators (any non-fencers) must remain outside of the fencing
      room (Gymnasium). Please parents do not seat in the gym! Any children,
      while on the premises, who are not participating in class must be accompanied by a parent or
      legal guardian when using the restrooms or watching the fencers.

I accept full responsibility for my child’s use (or myself if I am the registered fencer) of any and all
apparatus, appliance, privilege, and/or services whatsoever, owed and operated by C.E.P Sebastiani
Fencing, Inc. and its affiliated at my own risk and shall hold the club shareholders, directors, officers,
employees, representation, agents and affiliates harmless from any and all loss, claim, injury, damage or
liability sustained or incurred by my child resulting there from.


Parent/Guardian’s signature                     Date
                                                    What Is Fencing?
              The sport of fencing is fast and athletic, a far cry from the choreographed bouts you see on film or on the
              stage. Instead of swinging from a chandelier or leaping from balconies, you will see two fencers
              performing an intense dance on a six-feet-by-40-feet strip. The movement is so fast the touches are
scored electrically - more like Star Wars than Errol Flynn.

The Weapons

Foil, épée and sabre are the three weapons used in the sport of fencing. While it is not unusual for fencers to compete
in all three events, they generally choose to develop their skills in one weapon. Until recently, women were permitted
to compete only in foil, but now the USFA & FIE offer national competitions for women in épée and sabre. Women's
épée was added to the World Championships in 1989 and was held for the first time at the Olympic Games in 1996.

Foil and épée are point-thrusting weapons. Sabre is a point-thrusting as well as a cutting weapon. The target areas
differ for the three weapons, though all three are scored electrically.


The main object of a fencing bout (what an individual "game" is called) is to effectively score 15 points (in direct
elimination play) or five points (in preliminary pool play) on your opponent before he scores that number on you. Each
time a fencer scores a touch, she receives a point. Direct elimination matches consist of three three-minute periods.


The foil has a flexible rectangular blade, approximately 35 inches in length, weighing less than one pound. Points are
scored with the tip of the blade and must land within the torso of the body.

The valid target area in foil is the torso, from the shoulders to the groin, front and back. It does not include the arms,
neck, head and legs. The foil fencer's uniform includes a metallic vest (called a lamé) which covers the valid target
area, so that a valid touch will register on the scoring machine. A small, spring-loaded tip is attached to the point of the
foil and is connected to a wire inside the blade. The fencer wears a body cord inside his uniform which connects the
             foil to a reel wire, connected to the scoring machine.

            There are two scoring lights on the machine. One shows a green light when a fencer is hit, and one shows a
            red light when her opponent is hit. A touch landing outside the valid target area (that which is not covered
            by the lamé) is indicated by a white light. These "off target" hits do not count in the scoring, but they do
            stop the fencing action temporarily.


The épée (pronounced "EPP-pay"), the descendant of the dueling sword, is similar in length to the foil, but is heavier,
weighing approximately 27 ounces, with a larger guard (to protect the hand from a valid hit) and a much stiffer blade.
Touches are scored only with the point of the blade. The entire body is the valid target area.

The blade is wired with a spring-loaded tip at the end that completes an electrical circuit when it is depressed beyond a
pressure of 750 grams. This causes the colored bulb on the scoring machine to light. Because the entire body is a valid
target area, the épée fencer's uniform does not include a lamé. Off-target hits do not register on the machine.

             The sabre is the modern version of the slashing cavalry sword, and is similar in length and weight to the
             foil. The major difference is that the sabre is a thrusting weapon as well as a cutting weapon (use of the
blade). The target area is from the bend of the hips (both front and back), to the top of the head, simulating the cavalry
rider on a horse. The sabre fencer's uniform includes a metallic jacket (lamé), which covers the target area to register a
valid touch on the scoring machine. The mask is different from foil and épée, with a metallic covering since the head is
valid target area.

Just as in foil, there are two scoring lights on the machine. One shows a green light when a fencer is hit, and one shows
a red light when the opponent has hit. Off-target hits do not register on the machine.


One of the most difficult concepts to visualize in foil and sabre fencing is the rule of right-of-way. This rule was
established to eliminate apparently simultaneous attacks by two fencers.

In essence, right-of-way is the differentiation of offense and defense, made by the referee. The difference is important
only when both the red and green lights go on at the same time in foil and sabre. When this happens, the winner of the
point is the one who the referee determined was on offense at the time the lights went on.

Épée does not use the right-of-way in keeping with its dueling origin - he who first gains the touch earns the point. Or,
if both fencers hit within 1/25th of a second of each other, both earn a point. However, it is equally important to have a
sound defense for épée, since the entire body must be protected from a touch.

How to Follow the Action

For those new to fencing, it is difficult to follow the lightning speed of the fencers' actions. To become more
comfortable in watching a fencing bout, focus on one fencer. The fencer being attacked defends himself by use of a
parry, a motion used to deflect the opponent's blade, after which the defender can make a riposte, an answering attack.
Thus, the two adversaries keep changing between offense and defense. Whenever a hit is made, the referee will stop
the bout, describe the actions, and decide whether or not to award a touch.

Fencers seek to maintain a safe distance from each other, that is, out of range of the other's attack. Then, one will try to
break this distance to gain the advantage for an attack. At times, a fencer will make a false attack to gauge the types of
reactions by the opponent that can be deceived in the real attack.

As you become accustomed to the speed of the game, the tactics and strategies become more apparent, and you will
gain a better understanding for the finesse and fascination of fencing!


From New York and the north:

Take the New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 9, Route One south

Take Route One south into the Princeton area. Turn right onto Washington Road, and travel through two
traffic lights. At the third traffic light turn left onto Nassau Street.

Proceed through three more traffic lights, bearing left onto Route 206 south just after the third light.

Proceed through another traffic light and then turn right at the next traffic light onto Elm Road, which
becomes the Great Road.

Proceed 1.6 miles and then turn left into the Princeton Day School campus.
Fencing takes place in the lower school gym (1 st building on your right when entering the

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