Classical Academy of Arms

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

STATEMENT ON Walter Green and the Classical Academy of Arms

Friends of the Academy,
    By now I am sure you have heard that Maitre Walter Green has passed away.  The past couple months Kathy Vail, Rick Thompson, and I have been hard at work to fully realize Walter's vision and legacy through the CAA.  At first we have had a lot of busy work including gaining control of bank accounts, web sites, business entities, email lists, and the huge amount of data that Walter had in both digital and paper form.  Extra credit to Mark Logan and Rick Thompson who were able to recover much of Walter's materials.
    Although our beloved master is gone, the CAA will be better than ever.  But we will be asking for your help.  We need you to get involved and take part in CAA activities, work towards higher CAA ranks, publish your scholarship, become an officer or committee member, consider becoming a presenter at our conferences or host a Classical Fencing clinic or event.  Right now we do have some events planned in the near future for you to attend.
1.  Classical Fencing Master Rick Thompson will give the George Patton Sabre clinic in January.  This should be extraordinary!  The current plan is to have this done in several asynchronous videos where you can watch and learn at your leisure.
2.  CAA Conference - Date is still to be determined, but we have tentatively moved this to February-March.  If you were scheduled to present on this conference last month, please contact me (  The last conference we had was incredible with presentations from all over the country and even the world.  Please plan to attend and we invite presentations!
3.  Walter always sent a newsletter by email.  The CAA needs a professional journal since our organisation is about scholarship.  Articles contributed by member should count as credits towards new diplomas.  It will keep scholarship fresh, and allow all members to share in each other’s work.  It also provides an additional benefit of membership.  Furthermore it is a way for our members to become published authors in their field and become respected professionals.
So...  What should the name of our journal be?  Let me know your thoughts!
4.  We have a few more exciting ideas coming to the CAA, check back soon.
Finally, I have a favour to ask:  We want to serve YOU, the members of the CAA.  Since Walter's passing we need people to check in so we can compile new email lists.  So please, shoot me an email and just say Hi.  Together, we can make the CAA the best it can be and honour our great Maestro Walter Green.
Thank you all for your patience and continued enthusiasm for Classical Fencing.
Dr. Paul Geraci
Interim President, Classical Academy of Arms
Classical Fencing Master 


 The Classical Academy of Arms is a non-profit organization that studies fencing in the period 1880-1939 and provides training and credentialing to the standard of the National Standards for Sports Coaches and internationally recognized coach development standards of the International Sports Coaching Framework for trainers who wish to teach classical fencing.  Our self-paced programs are available for enrolment at any time and are conducted completely online using a current teaching platform, Moodle. We award the credentials of:

Classical Fencing Demonstrator (CFD) - a coaching assistant capable of assisting with group lessons and other instructional tasks.  The Classical Fencing Demonstrator is expected to be capable in the foil. 

Classical Fencing Instructor (CFI) - a coach capable of teaching group and individual lessons for beginners and intermediate level fencers.  The Classical Fencing Instructor is expected to be capable in the foil.

Classical Fencing Provost (CFP) - a senior coach capable of managing the teaching and training programs of classical fencing clubs.  The Classical Fencing Provost is expected to be capable in two weapons (foil and sabre or foil and epee)

Classical Fencing Master (CFM) - a master coach capable of teach the full range of lessons, designing training programs, strategic planning for training over multiple training cycles, and training new coaches.  The Classical Fencing Master is expected to be capable in all three weapons (foil, epee, and sabre).

Do You Want to Become a Classical Fencing Coach?

If you are looking for:

  • a portable credential not based on your association with a specific instructor or program,
  • taught and tested in a 4 rank structure,
  • focused on the actual technique of the foil, sabre, and epee as taught by Fencing Masters of the day and documented in their writings,
  • that meets current standards for coach development, and
  • is achievable by distance instruction and testing ...

... then please read through this site, ask questions, and decide if our rigorous program is for you.

Are You A Modern Fencing Coach ...

... who wants to broaden your skill set?  Classical fencing has a rich lexicon of blade technique in all three weapons, techniques that are too complicated for the modern sport but that have significant value for training, as well as techniques that expand the fencer's understand of offense, defense, and counteroffense.  Classical fencing masters used a wide variety of teaching methods, adaptable to lessons for beginners to those for elite fencers.  And classical fencing offers a new product line for your club, program, or salle that can be attractive to fencers of all ages who fence recreationally.  Consider adding a credential in classical fencing to your modern certification.   

Accreditation, Memberships, and Recognition

The Classical Academy of Arms is a member of the United States Center for Coaching Excellence and is accredited by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education as a Level 5 Sports Skills and Tactics coach development program.  The Academy is also a member organization of the International Council for Coaching Excellence.  The Academy is recognized by the United States Fencing Coaches Association's Professional Development Committee and the International Fencing Coaches Association as a source for training for fencing coaches.  Our Classical Fencing Master diplomas are eligible for reciprocity with the United States Fencing Coaches Association's Maitre d'Armes Historiques diploma. 

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