Welcome to CFA

The CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY has taught fencing to many thousands of fencers in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley since 1986. CFA is a foil club that offers all levels of programs for complete beginners to elite world class athletes.

The CFA Coaches have produced endless youth to senior men and women elite US "A-Rated" fencers in all three weapons the foil, epee, and saber. These have included a very long list of National Champions and National Championship teams, Junior Olympic Champions and Team Finalists, US World Team members, World Championship top eight placements, and an Olympic silver medal, not to mention almost every one of our athletes being accepted to about every elite University around the country. The CFA staff is made up of International Elite Fencing Masters including Head Coaches Daniel and Ania Tibbetts, CFA Associate Coaches and Masters, Provost-at-Arms Assistant Team Coaches, and numerous USFCA Certified Junior Assistant Coaches.

On the CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY (CFA) website below you will find the beginning fencing classes and camp schedule, as well as the on-line registration. Below you will also find some information and registration of the other divisions of the parent company CAL SPORTS CLUB INC (CSC). These programs include the CALIFORNIA ARCHERY CENTER (CAC), the CALIFORNIA NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP STABLE (CNHS), the CALIFORNIA MOUNTED COMBAT UNIT (CMCU), and the CALIFORNIA JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM (CJNP), and last but not least our HORSES FOR HEROES PROGRAM (HFHP) for war veterans and care givers.  At the bottom of this page you can also read about the founder of the club and his background that led him to build this diverse business of intertwined complimentary programs. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our new sport specific websites as well as a comprehensive CSC site for all of our programs.

All Cal Sports Club Instructors in fencing, archery, and horsemanship are formally trained and certified, first aide certified, TB tested, DOJ background checked, and Safe Sport educated and certified.

Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you find something that you like!


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CLASSES & CAMPS

Spring & Summer Schedule-Registration

Fencing ~ Archery ~ Horsemanship ~ Outdoor Adventure ~ And More

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FENCING Classes

CALIFORNIA FENCING ACADEMY:

The Introductory-Beginning Classes are for those with little or no experience. Learn the basic positions, footwork, terminology, safety, rules, ettiquite, and sportsmanship of Olympic fencing. In partnered drills you will learn to thrust, disengage, do feint attacks, actions on the blade, and various parries and ripostes. You even get to start fencing each other the second day of the session. It's a blast!

The groups are kept to a small ratio of about 8 students-4 pairs to each certified fencing instructor. The equipment rental fee is included in the class cost. Upon completion of the program you are ready to join the Novice-Intermediate level membership classes!                                 These classes are held at the Cal Sports Club/California Fencing Academy Gym at 891 East Hamilton Avenue in Campbell.

FENCING: Beginner - Youth ages 7-12

One 45-minute class each week for 6-weeks. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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WEDNESDAYS

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

 

  • April 20 - May 25
  • June 1 - July 6
  • July 13 - August 17

 

 

SATURDAYS

9:00 am - 9:45 am

 

  • April 23 - May 28
  • June 4 - July 9
  • July 16 - August 20

 

 

 

FENCING: Beginner - Teen/Adult ages 13 & Older

One 45-minute class each week for 6-weeks. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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WEDNESDAYS

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

 

  • April 20 - May 25
  • June 1 - July 6
  • July 13 - August 17

SATURDAYS 

9:45 am - 10:30 am

  • April 23 - May 28
  • June 4 - July 9
  • July 16 - August 20

 

ARCHERY Classes

CALIFORNIA ARCHERY CENTER:

The Introductory-Beginning Classes are for those with little or no experience. You are taught the basic form, technique, rules, and safety. You will shoot the natural technique with recurves, and Genisis bows for younger archers. You will continually level up by improving your accuracy and furthering your shot distance by individually adjusting your target further away. This is a family designed program so the whole family can shoot together so the adults, teens and youth are at the same time but are seperated bu age and levels based on shooting distance accuarcy. A dad and son (or mom) may also choose to shoot together.

The equipment rental fee is included in the class cost. Upon completion you are ready to join the Novice-Intermediate level membership class! The classes shown here are held at the Cal Sports Club/California Archery Center indoor range at 891 East Hamilton Avenue in Campbell.

ARCHERY: Beginner - Youth ages 8-12

One 45-minute class each week for 6-weeks. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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THURSDAYS

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

 

  • April 21 - May 26
  • June 2 - July 7
  • July 14 - August 18

 

SATURDAYS 

2:00 pm-2:45 pm

  • April 23 - May 28
  • June 4 - July 9
  • July 16 - August 20

ARCHERY: Beginner - Ages 13 & Older

One 45-minute class each week for 6-weeks. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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THURSDAYS

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

 

  • April 21 - May 26
  • June 2 - July 7
  • July 14 - August 18

 

SATURDAYS

2:00 pm-2:45 pm

  • April 23 - May 28
  • June 4 - July 9
  • July 16 - August 20

 

HORSEMANSHIP Classes

CALIFORNIA NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP:

The Introduction to Cal Natural Horsemanship and the Basics of Horsemanship & Riding workshops have been combined into a two part series are for those with little or no experience. It is also a self-paced program with wonderful safe and seasoned horses and ponies. The course introduces the foundation of horsemanship and basic riding concepts through arena lectures, simulations, some mounted instruction, and demonstartions of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship methods we use in our school. We start with safety, horse psychology, horse identification, basic anatomy, and tack terminology. You learn to groom, lead, and tack a horse while bonding with him or her. We practice safe mounting and dismounting, being balanced, and communicating with the aides of your seat, legs, hands, and voice. You should be able to start, stop, and turn, and maybe get to do some basic patterns and games like the circle around cones, the figure eight around barrels, the weave through poles, and maybe even to park and back your horse all depending on the class dynamics and your level of abilty.

The horse and all equipment rental fees are included in the class cost, as well as educational handouts. Upon completion of the program you are ready to join as a member the Developing Your Natural Horsemanship classes, camps or to take private lessons.  The classes below and some continuing programs and private lessons are held at Bear Creek Stable & Open Space Preserve in Los Gatos. These classes, lessons, and some more advanced programs like "Advancing Natural Horsemanship levels 3-4", the Mounted Combat Unit, and Horses for Heroes Programs are also held at the Cal Sports Club Ranch on the boarder of Moragn Hill/Gilroy a quick 25 minutes from San Jose on hwy 101.

NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP SERIES:

1st Day: Introduction to Natural Horsemanship (1st meeting)

2nd Day: Basics of Natural Horsemanship & Riding (2nd meeting)

YOUTH (ages 10-12)

Two 90-minute classes. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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FRIDAYS

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

  • April 1 & 5
  • May 6 & 20
  • Summer info coming soon

SUNDAYS 

11:00 am-12:30 pm

 

 

  • April 10 & 17
  • May 1 & 8
  • Summer info coming soon

 

NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP SERIES:

1st Day: Introduction to Natural Horsemanship (1st meeting)

2nd Day: Basics of Horsemanship & Riding (2nd meeting)

TEEN-ADULTS (ages 13+)

Two 90 minute classes. ONLY $129.00!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class Days & Times

SESSION DATES

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TUESDAYS

11:00 am - 12:30 pm 

  • April 12 & 19
  • May 3 & 17
  • Summer info coming soon

SUNDAYS

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

 

 

  • April 10 & 17
  • May 1 & 8
  • Summer info coming soon

 

 

SUMMER CAMPS!

Fencing ~ Archery ~ Horses & Nature ~ Outdoor Adventure

These camps are for those with little or no experience, as well as those that are intermediate-advanced fencers, archers, equestrians, naturalists, and outdoorsmen. We seperate the camps which are large (because they are so popular) into seperate mini camps for most activities. This seperation is based on age, level, and gender and once the campers are assesed they are placed the appropriate level instructor, coach, or junior assistant. It will vary a little by which activity how many are in a group. An archery camp for example may all be doing the same thing at the same time, but will have a lead instructor with assistants assigned to their own small groups to assist within the camp.

You are welcome to sign up for multiple sessions of camps as we cater to all developing levels in every camp. With archery leveling up is easily attended to with moving you farther from the target, and giving you smaller targets and objects to shoot at, with fencing you are paired with like experienced partners and given an additional step and goal in drills etc, and with horsemanship you are possibly given a more advanced horse that fits your level, but you definetly learn more advanced technique and perform more advanced maneuvers exercises. In all activities the student progress to more advanced instructors and/or assistants. So sign up for as many camps as you like!

Upon completion of the program you may become a member of the Cal Sports Club's novice-intermediate level classes! These camps below for archery and fencing and the ongoing programs are held at the Cal Sports Club at 891 East Hamilton Avenue Campbell. The Horses, Nature & Outdoor Adventure camps are held at the Cal Sports Club Ranch in Gilroy as our base, and we also do activities and Bear Creek Stable/Open Space Preserve, and at local parks, nature centers etc.

The equipment rental and material fees are all included in the camp cost. We do not offer early bird registration as we have already lowered our camp fees to minimum level possible to give everyone a discount so to speak, also we do not need to generate more money before the camps start by getting you to sign up earlier, also we do not believe in penalizing people who don't know yet if they can fit the date in their schedule or simply found out about our camps after others did. We have given our early bird discount to everyone! We no longer take deposits as it is a huge amount of work and confusion to collect the balances the first day of class, and some people just sometimes do not show, and many just forget to bring payment, and some have friends or nannys bring the campers, and the lower amount of admin helps us keep your camp cost low. Please read at the bottom of the camp info our financial and return policies.

If you have any camp questions please email the Director Daniel Tibbetts directly at calsportsclub@yahoo.com, or call 408-865-1950 but if you call PLEASE leave a message as he is probably on a horse, behind a sword, or pulling arrows out of a target - he will return your call no later than the following day and most likely within moments. You DO NOT need to call to see if there is room in a camp. If it registers you there is room.

You will get a confirmation you paid when you register. That is your confirmation for the camp, and a reminder is ussually sent the week before the camp with any additional info if needed. For archery and fencing dress athletically and bring a water bottle, and for horsemanship and outdoor activities wear long pants and shirt, have a hat, sun block, water bottle. For all day camps have a snack for break and a lunch. For the horse camps see below for more info.

Register now & we'll see you in Camp!

FENCING & ARCHERY: 1/2 day camps. Ages 5-16

HALF DAY CAMPS: AM 9:00-12:00 - or - PM 12:30-3:30. ONLY $225.00!

SPORT

 

SESSION DATES

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FENCING

  • AM 6/6 - 6/10
  • PM 6/13 - 6/17
  • 6/20 - 6/24 (No public camp offered)
  • AM 6/27 - 7/1
  • AM 7/4 - 7/8
  • PM 7/11 - 7/15
  • AM 7/18 - 7/22
  • AM 7/25 - 7/29
  • AM 8/1 - 8/5
  • PM 8/8 - 8/12

ARCHERY

  • PM 6/6 - 6/10
  • AM 6/13 - 6/17
  • 6/20 - 6/24 (No public camp offered)
  • PM 6/27 - 7/1
  • PM 7/4 - 7/8
  • AM 7/11 - 7/15
  • PM 7/18 - 7/22
  • PM 7/25 - 7/29
  • PM 8/1 - 8/5
  • AM 8/8 - 8/12

 

 

FENCING & ARCHERY CAMPS

or

HORSES, NATURE & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS

Full-Day Camps

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For ARCHERY and FENCING camp descriptions see above.

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The HORSE, NATURE, & OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMPS offer exciting adventures combining natural horsemanship, mounted sports, nature exploration-education, and outdoor recreation!

These camps center around our California Natural Horsemanship program following the Certified Horsemanship Association’s level program and the natural horsemanship system of the worlds most renowned “horse whisperer” Pat Parelli, provided by our certified instructors. Students learn to communicate with their horse through natural methods, as horses do with each other by using body language, pressure, and energy. They will learn to build a partnership with their horse based on rapport and respect, both on the ground and in the saddle using the seven Parelli games. Campers will also have time to explore and learn about the ranch and have fun with the farm animals. The camp supplements our comprehensive equestrian camp program, with an introduction to the California Junior Naturalist Program that takes it’s students through outdoor exploration and education activities that get your child in touch with their “natural side” by exploring the local plants and animal’s and the ecosystems that surround us in the beautiful and diverse Bay Area. They also start learning the basics of wilderness safety, wildland stewardship and wildlife conservation through discussions on our walks. We do this on our properties, and at local county, state, and national park’s nature trails and centers, interpreter functions, and each camper can become a certified Junior Ranger! On top of all that you can try the California Mounted Combat Unit such as archery, swordplay, jousting, war horse freestyle riding and more are offered. You progress starting on the ground with our primary sport of horseback archery (World Competition program currently bidding for Olympic Status), up to shooting on a standing, walking, trotting, and cantering horse. Beginners get to shoot off the horse up to a walk being led by an assistant!

We will have picnic lunches with a hill top view, in a meadow, by a stream, or by the farm animals each day, and depending on which week a Friday afternoon show and B-Que may be scheduled!

Sign up for as many weeks as you like as these unique camps promise to be different each week, and have constant level progressions throughout all activities and camps. You can take part in designing much of your own experience each week with some optional and choice activities, and each activity is self-paced, and positive reinforced. The camps are designed for all levels of boys and girls with students being divided into skill, age, and sometimes gender groups/teams.

Campers will meet at the Cal Sports Club at 891 East Hamilton Ave each morning and will then be transported via licensed and insured van to The CAL SPORTS CLUB RANCH a short drive to Gilroy where we have extensive horse barns, covered arenas out of the sun, huge outoor arena, trails, horse obstacle course, as well as a farm animal facilities, an archery range, archery trail course, mounted archery course, meadows and forest, and more. We may visit our Los Gatos location at Bear Creek Stable and Open Space Reserve, and we often go to our favorite local parks for a hike, nature center visit, and to earn our Junior Ranger Certification and Badges. Thes parks are Harvey Bear County Park which is beutiful and has a nice boating lake, Henry Coe State Park which is the largest State Park in California and a true wilderness (Daniel Tibbets was horse patrol at this park), and Pinnacles National Park for ranger training which is not to far away for even a half day trip. The campers get to choose some trips and activiies and if it's more horses they want they can skip some activities and stay around the horses! Some may not want to do Junior Ranger or mounted archery and vice versa - we accomidate each campers desires, goals and camp dreams the best we can. They will return to CSC for pickup after the camp.

Parents will receive a basic site/location itinerary prior to camp and will be emailed after the first day a more detailed plan after the kids help design the activities for the week. We will provide cell contact information, and ussually a daily recap/reminder emails and photos may be sent. Staff is First Aide/CPR certified. All activities, park fees, education materials and Certificate of Accomplishment are included in the camp fee. Call 408-865-1950 or email Daniel at calsportsclub@yahoo.com

Instructors: Daniel Tibbetts and his staff have been running horse and adventure camps for over 20 years. Daniel is the owner of Cal Sports Club and is the on-site director for every camp. He is a CHA Certified Western and English riding instructor and he and his horses are certified Parelli students. Daniel is also a certified Fencing Master, US Archery Instructor, Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist. He was a student of the West Valley College Park Management Program, managed several Sierra campgrounds, was a US Forest Service Naturalist and interpreter, worked as a wild land fire-fighter, and more. He currently conducts foot and horse patrol for State Parks and Open Space, is involved in horse search and rescue, and is an avid wilderness survival enthusiast. Our junior assistant staff are all certified in their expertise and are past boy or girl scout leaders, and outdoor enthusiasts. Our four main instructor horses Harley, French Frye, Shadow, and Sadie, as well as our additional assistant horses are all highly experienced and safe camp and lesson horses. We are also blessed to have Sandy Parker who is a Parelli Proffesional Instructor in natural horsemanship helping us with our camps - there is nobody better around to help us as director of the natural horsemanship part of our camps! In the afternoons some private/semi-private  lessons may be available at an extra cost to our more horse loving campers (more on that later)!

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Times, Ages, Cost

SESSION DATES

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FENCING & ARCHERY

Times: 9:00-3:30

Ages: 8-16

Cost: $425.00

  • 6/6 - 6/10
  • 6/13 - 6/17
  • 6/20 - 6/24 (No public camp offered)
  • 6/27 - 7/1
  • 7/4 - 7/8
  • 7/11 - 7/15
  • 7/18 - 7/22
  • 7/25 - 7/29
  • 8/1 - 8/5
  • 8/8 - 8/12

HORSES & NATURE

Times: 9:00-4:00

Ages: 10-14

Cost: $499.00

  • 6/6 - 6/10
  • 6/13 - 6/17
  • 6/20 - 6/24 (No public camp offered)
  • 6/27 - 7/1
  • 7/4 - 7/8 (No public camp offered)
  • 7/11 - 7/15
  • 7/18 - 7/22
  • 7/25 - 7/29
  • 8/1 - 8/5 (No public camp offered)
  • 8/8 - 8/12

 

 

FENCING & ARCHERY CAMPS for CLUB MEMBERS

Half-Day & Full-Day Camp Combinations

DEADLINE for ALL Member camps is APRIL 1st.

SPORT

Tiimes

Cost

SESSION DATES & DESCRIPTION

See sport descriptions above in half day camps. These camps are developed for those members who are taking their 1/2 day sport specific camps and would like to turn it into an all day camp.

NOTE: Fencers may stay after and take their regular training session in the evening. Also team members who want to join an evening extra session not on their regular day may do so with a 2 lesson charge marked in the private lesson book. Evening practices the week of the camps will be 4:30-7:30.

HOW TO REGISTER:
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1/2 DAY

FENCING

Times:  1:00-4:30

ARCHERY

Times:  9:00-12:30

Cost: $350.00

FENCING

  • 6/20 - 6/24 FENCING: Intermediate-Adanced Electrical Fencing Camp & the TEAM CFA Pre-National Championship Training Camp.
  • 8/8 - 8/12 FENCING: Novice Camp, Intermediate-Advanced Electrical Camp & the TEAM CFA Pre-Season Training Camp.

ARCHERY

  • 6/20 - 6/24 Novice to Advanced Camp & The Early Summer US Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Training Camp.
  • 8/8 - 8/12 Novice to Advanced & Pre-Season JOAD Program    Pre-Season Training Camp

FULL DAY

FENCING & ARCHERY

Times:  9:00-4:30

Cost: $650.00

ARCHERY & FENCING 

  • 6/20 - 6/24 This camp is for Intermediate electrical fencers and TEAM CFA fencers who are looking for an all day camp that includes archery - whether you have done archery before or not. Do archery in the morning and your fencing camp in the afternoon!
  • 8/8 - 8/12 This camp is for ALL fencing members of ALL levels. including a brand new novice student camp, the intermediate electrical fencing camp, and the TEAM CFA Pre-Season training camp, and archery in the morning for beginners all the way to JOAD Team members.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP for CLUB MEMBERS

Cost is $650.00. No deposit - mudt be paid in full, in advance.

DEADLINE for ALL Member camps is APRIL 1st.

CAMP INFO

Times & Cost

SESSION DATES & DESCRIPTION

These camps are developed for our horsemanship, fencing, and archery members. You learn about natural horsemanship, go on trail rides, can participate in horseback combat sports such as archery, saber, and lance, and you will do outdoor adventures such as Kayaking, geochaching, tide pool and nature exploration, and even some wilderness survival skills. Students help choose and design the activities in this camp. The ages and genders are seperated into different camps. Just ask our team members about last years adventure camps! Please see above in all-day camps for more detailed info.

HOW TO REGISTER:
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FULL DAY CAMP

DATE

  • 8/1 - 8/5

Times:  8:30-4:30

Ages: 9-14

$650.00

This promises to be even better and more exciting this year. The TEAM CFA National boys did this last year and we all learned about natural horsemanship and everyone learned to ride and play Parelli Games, we went to Garrod Farms for trail ride, went to Stevens Creek County Park for an archery lesson and a trail course competition, kayaking on Elkhorn Slough, and endless other fun! All new exciting activities and locations this year including the Cal Sports Club Ranch!  2-4 groups this year of girls and boys & younger and older.
OUR FAVORITE CAMP!

FINANCE & REFUND POLICY: Classes, workshops, clinics, and camps are paid for fully in advance. If you withdraw before 72 hours in advance you will be refunded less a $50.00 administration fee. Withdrawls within 72 hours  recieve no refund as that spot is now a void student spot, however if a written/emailed verified medical excuse is presented we will refund up to the starting day of the camp minus the $50.00 admin fee. If you need to cancel your registration because of an arisen date conflict, but you can fit into another session then no additional fees will apply including the admin fee. If you come the first day and do not like it and wish to cancel you will be refunded minus the prorated amount for the first day and the $50.00 admin fee.

 

CALL NOW: 408.865.1950

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EMAIL: calsportsclub@yahoo.com

 

Location: 891 East Hamilton Avenue. We are located on Hamilton ave between The Hwy 17 on ramp and Bascom Avenue behind the Clasic Car Wash.  Turn into the driveway between the animal hospital and the runners store and we are located in the back of this parking lot on the left.  See you there!