Kaizen's Blade Program

20 Years of Success

Kaizen’s Blade program highlights the timeless teachings as well as the evolution of swordplay.

This curriculum has been taught successfully to 1000’s of students including those who have become international medalists, two Head Coaches (Central Washington University and Washington State University), dozens of teaching coaches for Coach Mar, national referees, armorers, as well as the recreational fencer who wants some exercise. Kaizen’s Blade program is beneficial to anyone from ages 5-85.

It is never to late to start.

There is currently no one official fencing curriculum for the United States. The reason is because USA Fencing is a melting pot of many different styles of fencing. Fencing has many different schools of fencing. There are Russian, Italian, German, French, Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, Korean, and other variations and mixtures of these schools.

Unlike other sports like swimming or tennis which have a national curriculum, fencing doesn’t have one curriculum. For example, a 3.0 tennis player in one area of the US should roughly have the same knowledge as another 3.0 player in the US.

This isn’t true for fencing. This is the reason a fencer can move from one part of the US to another part and have a very different style, actions, and footwork being taught. The coach may emphasize very different aspects of the game. This variation can exist in the same local area also!

Since there are so many variations, Kaizen's Blade is an open yet comprehensive curriculum for students to gain a full and well-rounded swordplay experience and much much more!

KAIZEN CLASSES

More than just an Athlete

When a student progresses and finishes all ten levels of the Kaizen Blades Curriculum, they will accomplish all of these milestones and certifications:

  • Be Nationally rated in a weapon (potentially two or more) and/or ranked in the top 25% of region or national points
  • Be a USA Fencing certified referee who can referee the Gold level match of a Division 2 (mid-level) bout
  • Be a USA Fencing certified armorer who can armor (fix weapons and fencing equipment) at a regional/national level
  • Have international and national coaches’ certification from Académie d'Armes International (AAI) and USFCA
  • Be Mentored by an internationally and nationally certified coach (AAI & USFCA) how to teach fencing classes
  • Have mentored, taught, and helped certify a student how assist in teaching a fencing class
  • Developed quick and decisive critical thinking in the Olympics’ fastest sport
  • Analyzed competitors and developed game plans through video analysis and first hand observation
  • Learned public speaking from a Toastmaster’s International speaker (Competent Communication)
  • Have taught small groups, large groups, and individual students
  • Written papers about their experience moving through the curriculum process
  • Increased their conditioning and stamina
  • Trained to creatively come up with multiple solutions to challenges
  • Problem solve quickly

All of this is accomplished in a fun, safe, and family friendly environment.

This is a core foundation of Kaizen: Life lessons through fencing.

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Fencing is a sport that can last a lifetime.

It is never too late to begin.  

Kaizen's BLADE curriculum & philosophy focuses on creating a strong foundation based on healthy athleticism and joy of the sport in which to achieve personal success.

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 MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
10:00 am - 1:00 pmOPEN GYM
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:15 pmMini Musketeers
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
4:00 pmBeginner Group B
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beginner Group B
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
4:30 pmCompetitive Intermediate
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
5:00 pmIntermediate
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beginner Group A
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Intermediate
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beginner Group A
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
6:00 pmCompetitive Elite
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Competitive Intermediate
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Competitive Elite
CHALLENGE DAY
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Competitive Intermediate
CHALLENGE DAY
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Competitive Elite
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
7:00 pm
8:00 pmOPEN FENCING
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
OPEN FENCING
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
9:00 pm

                                                                                         

   MINI-MUSKETEERS (5-7)

Do you have a budding swashbuckler in your family?
Is every stray stick a lightsaber?

We train children how to harness their inner swords-person with fun interactive gameplay and developmental fencing skills. 
This is a great way to learn concentration, chivalry, and fitness. This class uses foam and plastic swords.

The Mini-Musketeer curriculum is an abridged skill development sequence for proper fencing technique. Skills learned in this class will accelerate learning in Beginning Youth.

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Beginning Fencing (13+)

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Ever wanted to play with swords? 
This class is for beginning students (13+) who are looking to learn a fast-paced and exciting sport in a fun and social environment. 

Students will learn the basics of offense, defense, and movement of fencing while improving their fitness and agility. In this class, students will move through the first foundational level of the Blades curriculum.

Beginning Fencing has a battery of skills necessary to complete the class which generally takes two to six months.  Students are encouraged to continue training and enter the Intermediate class once they have completed the first level of the Blades curriculum.

 

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Intermediate Fencing (13+)

This class is intended for students who have completed Beginning Fencing or who have been recommended by a coach. 

Students will use learned techniques in structured swordplay with one another. Students at this level can start to swordplay with others in Open Gym.

Intermediate goes over the next two of the foundational five levels of the Blades curriculum. The skills necessary to complete this program are more specific and detailed than those in the previous program, thus class completion, typically, takes approximately a year.

Students are expected to start buying their own fencing equipment for practice and open swordplay. Students are encouraged to continue training and enter the Advanced Fencing or apply for the Competitive Elite once completing the two Intermediate levels of the Blades curriculum. 

Motivated students may do Intermediate concurrently while applying for Advanced/Competitive Elite program.
Ask for more details.

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Competitive ElitE

This class is for those who want to compete at a high performance level.

This class is for students who want to regularly compete in regional, national, collegiate, and international tournaments.

Students learn fencing specific conditioning, individualized techniques, and competitive strategies.

Students are expected to take regular private lessons to hone their individual game.

This is a season long commitment.

Instructor permission required.

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Open Fencing 

Open swordplay times to practice techniques and strategies with other students.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are Individual time spent honing technique and strategies for a student. Private lessons may also include skill development for passing Blades level exam, video review of past tournaments, or mental training.

Rates vary from coach to coach. Each lesson is approximately 20 min. long. There is a 24-hour cancellation notice for regularly scheduled lesson, or the lesson will be charged.

All coaches are nationally and internationally certified (USFCA and AAI)

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Semi-Private Lessons

Just like a private lesson but with 2-4 students in a lesson block. Students learn by participating in a small group lesson and observing others who are at the same skill level.

This is a great way to introduce private lesson concepts. Prices are less expensive per student. Inquire about details.

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10:00am - 4:00 pm

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June 2020

Pre NAtionals Youth


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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WELCOME

Kaizen Academy, LLC (“Kaizen”) is a United States Fencing Association club that specializes in Olympic Fencing. Kaizen teaches all ages (5-85) of students about proper use of fencing equipment and play of fencing swords in a energetic and safe environment. Kaizen teaches both able body and wheelchair (parafencing).

Kaizen means "change for better", and refers to any improvement, be it one-time or continuous, large or small.  Success is measured in many ways with multiple paths - we can start you on your journey of a lifetime today.

KAIZEN
COACHES


Kaizen Coaches are nationally & internationally accredited by the United States Fencing Coaches Association and Academie d’Armes Internationale (AAI).

Kaizen's Coaching staff has taught regional, national, and international medalists and collegiate graduates.

KAIZEN
CLASSES


Kaizen's unique Blade Curriculum teaches skills and techniques for empowering talent at all levels from weekend warrior to success at collegiate, national and international competitions.

KAIZEN PHILOSOPHY


Kaizen celebrates the achievements of the individual as you reach your goals and discover your potential.

Each class is structured around coach observation and peer to peer analysis and improvement. Each game, drill, and open laboratory time is structured for building learning blocks to create their own individual style of swordplay. 

KAIZEN COMMUNITY


Kaizen Academy is more than a sports academy.

At Kaizen you will make lifelong friends, network with professionals, get help with homework, plan for college, learn new skills, and stand out.

Parents will find a welcoming inclusive group and are encouraged to get involved. 

MEET THE COACHES

Kaizen Fencers are more than athletes. 

They have big goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Kaizen Coaches listen and work to help our students achieve at all levels.

The paths to success are many.

KEVIN MAR
Head Kaizen Coach


Coach Kevin has worked extensively in fencing over the last 20 years as a competitor, coach, and referee. He has continuously augmented his knowledge base by working and teaching with world class coaches in the last 18 years such as Michael Marx (USA), Sebastian Dos Santos (USA), Cody Mattern (USA), Fabrice Jeannette (FRA), and Jean Francois Dimartino (FRA).

Over those years, he honed his coaching experience and developed a proprietary coaching curriculum (Blades) based on proven best practices from his collaboration with other national and international coaches.

Kevin welcomes students from all levels, developing beginning recreational fencers to coaching national champions regardless of age. He has worked with youth for decades and specializes in creating a fun, creative, and engaging environment that teaches fencing skills and strategies.

He is an international referee from the world governing organization, Federation Internationale Escrime (FIE ), and International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS). 
As a Certified Referee Instructor (CRI), Kevin teaches USA Fencing referees and athletes the national curriculum in what the current interpretation of the rules are and how to effectively implement them in their game. He is has his international coaches certification (USFCA and AAI Prevost Epee) and is working towards his Maître in epee.
In 2016 Kevin was the commentator and announcer at Rio Paralympics.

YASSER ELDARAWANI
Head Epee Coach


 

Coach Yasser is a former Olympic fencer and competed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was fencing for the Egyptian National Team for more than 15 years. Some of his major accomplishments include winning two World Cups and international gold medals at the Arab and African Championships.

Many of Coach Yasser's students have achieved international and national medals. Kaizen fencer’s benefit from Coach Yasser's extensive experience that will boost success both nationally and internationally.

 

Coach Yasser has planned an amazing fencing year ahead. He is looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you better, so do come in and say hello next time you meet him at the academy.

Engarde. Ready. Life!

take charge of your future TODAY.

Fencing is an adventure to be shared.
Where will your path lead?

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Did you know Kaizen Academy qualifies as a way to use 529 monies now in high school to open doors for colleges?

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Go Beyond Cake and Presents!

Create a memory to last!

Do you have a budding d’Artagnan in your midst?
A Rey who loves swinging sticks while making a lightsaber humming sound?
Learn how to wield the second fastest item in the Olympics while battling your friends!
Kaizen will help you create the coolest party in the kingdom and galaxy.

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COrporate
Team Building

 

TIred of verbal swordplay at work?
experience REAL swordplay instead of watching IT!

Want to test your mettle with and against your colleagues at work without a HR violation?
This is fun, exciting, and memorable. Different themes can be emphasized (e.g. camaraderie, creativity, and trust) throughout the session. Everyone will learn basic fencing movement, attacks, and defense in game style environment.

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need a place to practice or teach stage combat classes?

Is YOUR HEMA group in need of a place to meet?
 

Looking for a place to rehearse your latest outdoor ?

Kaizen Academy has 2300 feet of high ceilings and open space. The floor is padded for sport to reduce fatigue. Lots of of amenities and parking.

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Beyond the mask ...

 

I have know Kevin as a Fencing Coach, a Referee Assignor, and as a Mentor starting when I was 10 receiving my very first national medal in Y10 ME.

I am now at the college of my dreams studying to be a Biomedical Engineer on the banks of the Hudson River overlooking Manhattan.

I work with the Stevens Institute of Technology Board of Directors for Student Philanthropy.

I have won medals nationally and internationally, become a high ranked National USA Fencing Referee, and fenced at the NCAA Championships.

Kevin has always been there to give me direction and advice, introduce me to people and open doors. I have traveled the world and made friends. My college roommate is a fencer from another club who I meet at camp back when I was in middle school.

Wolfe Crouse

Stevens Men's Epee Team, Stevens Head Armorer
USA Fencing Nat'l Referee

 

My life has gone a long way from when I first met Kevin. Now I’m in my final semester pursuing my Master’s degree in Physiotherapy.

I have also started to study the “Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist” to better educate myself to aid my future patients. Recently, I worked with the Polish National Junior Team in fencing and in a few days I’m flying to the Fencing Junior European Championships as a physiotherapist. I am still actively participating in fencing competition.

Last season I won the Polish Academic Championships, I was 3rd in the Polish U-23 championships and qualified for the University Games in Naples where I represented my country. Lastly, I am regularly practicing at my club ZKS Sosnowiec as well as being a coach for the youngest children.

I stay in touch with him to this day. Kevin, who is an epee coach and international referee, was very welcoming and we had several valuable conversations. 

Julia Dobińskat

Location

Kaizen Academy LLC

9620 153rd Ave NE, #A5
Redmond, WA 98052

Contact

Need additional assistance?
Please contact us:

info@KaizenFencing.com

425.318.8808

Hours

We are open Monday to Friday, from
4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Sat by appointment

Sun closed

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Who We Are

Kaizen empowers people daily so that together we become better than we were before.

01

Blades

Kaizen uses the Blades curriculum to guide us through that process. Life always offers us pearls of wisdom to learn from.

02

Warriors of the World

Kaizen fosters life learners because life is a journey to be embraced. We help identify and reinforce your red thread in the quilt of life.

03

The CornerStones

  • Respect - "Each person is a master at something and I am a student."
  • Discipline - "The refiner's fire that removes dross so that talent becomes reality."
  • Confidence - "Do not judge yourself of yesterday, but what you have accomplished today."
  • Responsibility - "Be the change of the outcome you want."
  • Success - "Your personal level defined by you."

 

04

Engarde. Ready. Life!

If we improve by just .1% each day, over the course of a year we will be 36.5% better than we were last year. That typically equates to one better decision a day. With compounding growth, that means each and every day, week, month, year, and decade, we can make immense change. This is a core foundation of Kaizen Academy: Life lessons through fencing.

KEVIN MAR

Coach Kevin has worked extensively in fencing over the last 20 years as a competitor, coach, and referee. He has continuously augmented his knowledge base by working and teaching with world class coaches in the last 18 years such as Michael Marx (USA), Sebastian Dos Santos (USA), Cody Mattern (USA), Fabrice Jeannette (FRA), and Jean Francois Dimartino (FRA).

Over those years, he honed his coaching experience and developed a proprietary coaching curriculum (Blades) based on proven best practices from his collaboration with other national and international coaches.

Kevin welcomes students from all levels, developing beginning recreational fencers to coaching national champions regardless of age. He has worked with youth for decades and specializes in creating a fun, creative, and engaging environment that teaches fencing skills and strategies.

He is an international referee from the world governing organization, Federation Internationale Escrime (FIE ), and International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).

As a Certified Referee Instructor (CRI), Kevin teaches USA Fencing referees and athletes the national curriculum in what the current interpretation of the rules are and how to effectively implement them in their game. He is has his international coaches certification (USFCA and AAI Prevost Epee) and is working towards his Maître in epee.

In 2016 Kevin was the commentator and announcer at Rio Paralympics.

YASSER ELDARAWANI

Coach Yasser is a former Olympic fencer and completed in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was fencing for the Egyptian National Team for more than 15 years. Some of his major accomplishments include winning two World Cups and international gold medals at the Arab and African Championships.

Many of Coach Yasser's students have achieved international and national medals. Kaizen fencer’s benefit from Coach Yasser's extensive experience that will boost success both nationally and internationally.

 

Coach Yasser has planned an amazing fencing year ahead. He is looking forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you better, so do come in and say hello next time you meet him at the academy.

 

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Kaizen Academy has 2300 feet of high ceilings and open space.
The floor is padded for sport to reduce fatigue.
Lots of of amenities and parking.

 

 

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