Classical Academy of Arms

A Society for Classical Fencing Trainer Education, Development, Credentialing, and Support



Short Description:  This is a Zoom clinic taught in 12 online sessions. The clinic focuses on how to teach George Patton’s Point Fencing system.  His training system is unique in that it is designed for use with either a sport sabre or the epee, ignores the cut with the sabre, and focuses on offence with the point.   Patton’s work was the foundation for how US Army used the sword from 1915 until it was finally withdrawn from service starting in the mid-1930s.

Clinic Accreditation and Alignment:  This clinic is conducted by the Classical Academy of Arms, a coach development program accredited by the National Committee for the Accreditation of Coaching Education.  Its contents are aligned with the National Standards for Sports Coaches and the requirements of the Academie d'Armes Internationale for initial qualification in Levels 1 through 4 and for continuing education for Levels 2, 3, and 4.  The Clinic is approved by the United States Fencing Coaches Association.

AAU Membership Requirements: Clinic participants must be members of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).  The AAU provides sports accident and general liability insurance for individuals, clinic insurance for the Academy courses, and annual background screening.  If you are not already an AAU member, please contact us for additional information.

Dates2022 September Saturday sessions 10, 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3 at 10:00 am Eastern time.  The same lesson is repeated on the immediately following Monday at 7:30 pm Eastern time.  Participants may attend either or both sessions.  

Course length: Twelve 45 minute sessions for a total of 9 contact hours.

Required Individual Equipment:  This clinic is presented online.  Participants should wear comfortable clothes that allow movement – fencing uniforms are not required.  In respect to the weapon and to provide a better feel of its performance under realistic conditions, we prefer that participants use a fencing glove.  Lessons in this series can be performed using the standard modern fencing sabre and/or epee.  The course does not use the United States Army Model 1913 Cavalry Sword.

Recommended readings: Patton, George S., Jr.; Diary of the Instructor in Swordsmanship; reprinted edition; [fencing manual]; United States Army Mounted Service School Press, Fort Riley, Kansas, United States of America; reprint by Dale Street Books, Silver Springs, Maryland, United States of America; 1915 reprint 2016.  Recommended and available as reprint from

Course fees:  Course fees are billed monthly by PayPal.  Monthly fees and clinic total cost are:


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Student is not a member of the Classical Academy of Arms or of the United States Fencing Coaches Association



Student is a member of the United States Fencing Coaches Association



Student is a member of the Classical Academy of Arms



Credit awarded:  9 hours of continuing professional education (0.9 CEU).  Classical Academy of Arms members may use these hours toward annual continuing education requirements by documenting them as described at the Academy’s  website at  Course completion is documented by a certificate issued electronically as a .jpeg.  


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