Colorado Fencing Academy

Our pride: Lauren Sides

My daughter, Lauren, had been doing martial arts since she was four years old.  At 12, she  decided she wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy upon graduating from high  school, but was disappointed that they did not have a karate team.  She had wanted to fence  from the moment she first saw the “Princess Bride” and discovered that USAFA had a fencing  team, and a dream was born.

We were lucky enough to find Colorado Fencing Academy so close to our home.  We met with  Nickolay and Sharol and told them Lauren’s hopes for the future.  Little did we know that  Lauren’s goal would become their goal, too. For the next 5 years of her life, fencing became  Lauren’s passion.     Lauren began attending group classes three times a week and worked with other students her  age, learning the fundamentals.  Coach Nickolay would pull her for private time each day.  After,  her fencing skills grew, so did her private time. Training included much laughing, and sometimes  tears of frustration, as well.  Her training grew so much that, before we knew it, Lauren was  working with coach 7 days a week, sometimes for 3­4 hours a day. There even came a time  when he was coaching her daily on a tennis court because that is the space we had. She  attended local and national tournaments and achieved her E rating nationally. His coaching was  so much more than just fencing.  Lauren is the person she is today because of his mental  coaching, as well.  Nickolay taught Lauren not only how to be a leader on the fencing strip, but,  off of the strip as well.

Lauren is now a freshman at the United States Air Force Academy and is on the USAFA fencing  team.  She has, in 5 months, already achieved her “C” rating nationally just as Coach Nickolay  said she would. Through all of the sweat and tears, I can honestly say, that he is one of the  most positive influences Lauren has ever had in her life.

Suzy Ramirez, Lauren’s mom

Posted in News, Our honor | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Fitness Night at St. Anne’s School

On behalf of the planning committee, I would like to thank you for your participation in our Family Fitness Night at St. Anne’s School. The fencing demonstration was very stimulating and the student participation was extremely popular! Many, many of our young students had never observed a fencing match, much less held a saber in their hand. To actually dress in the protective clothing and mask and experience the fencing sport was the highlight of their evening! Your team worked very hard with the children, dressing, coaching, teaching and encouraging them. Some of the children are still talking about their introduction to fencing; they are the future enthusiasts of the sport!

Our educational event was successful because of your generous gift of time, talent, energy and enthusiasm. Our students experienced new activities, tasted healthy snacks and had fun in the process! I believe many families were encouraged and inspired to live healthy active lives and choose healthy foods.

Thank you, Coach and Sharol, for helping us achieve our goal of introducing healthy lifestyles to our students and families.

With sincere gratitude,

Stephanie McManus

Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Camps all summer long!

CFA invites you to participate in Summer Camps.

Everyone from the age of 8 years old and up is welcome.

During activities our participants will be initiated into the game of Fencing.
They will learn basic moves in small (7-10 people) group and by individual work with coach.

From 10.00am till 4.00pm, all you’ll need is good sport shoes and a lunch.
Necessary fencing equipment provided.

For reservations and with any questions, please call 303-463-2911

Posted in News | 1 Comment

Fencing atmosphere

Fencing is the exercise for a Leader (Chief) Master.

It is advance training in the force to win.

We are one team where everyone is winning time to be together.

Our will is to practice and refine ability for Self Defense against Evil with purpose to go through resistance and obstacles on the way into prosperity and progress.

The game of fencing has healthy, continuous nature and realized itself and us in it in fencing atmosphere.

The fencing atmosphere is unique environment created by collective (5/3) genius effort to provide healthy conditions for life in Harmony; where harmony is (5/3) or ability to continue. It is a sport like (not to kill) competitive relationship between opposite sides of life.

Basic duality of life we recognize as AC/DC and encourage our participants to practice sense of polarity, where collective effort to have prosperous “Life in peace & harmony” supports and power up work of the genius.

The active, living force presents the game of fencing as set of unwritten, gentlemen like rules. We call it “Code of conduct” and inspire everyone to participate in it with honor and responsibility.

The most important and vital parts of the code that provides by Fencing atmosphere are:

  • Life on Worldwide Supreme Noble Court for Peace

It is a permanent “High Podium” for Master, Genius and World Leader to reveal unique opinion on life progress and the way for the bright (prosperous) future.

  • Standing on a Start line and in safe distance

The start line is well established (by time & space) system that provides living conditions to act with respect & honor between acting opponents.

Standing on line signifies completion of the cycles of life.

On Universal slang or body language we call it “On Gard”. It is a metaphor that speaks about the new beginning (a new point of life) which is ready to start and incarnate itself from refined past or end.

Based on lifetime experience, according with inherited tradition & lineage; we passionately believe that does not matter how far away we are able to go forward or how much success we can achieve on the way back; after short brake, we are always come back to a start line.

That unique perception and firing faith always encourage competitive practitioners to reach a necessary level of understanding & performance where Divine, crystal whole can be discovered, lived and made visibly wonderful.

The safe distance (out of touch and smell) allows participants to be ready for an argument, so when competitive dialog starts, both opponents will have a chance to apply their ideas in presented reality; metamorphose the concept of their opinion into practical application.

  • Greetings

The game of fencing stars with salute or verbal respectful greetings.
It has a purpose to give our participants a stable platform to appreciate good will of an opposite side. To accept, understand and value necessity of a competitive partner to achieve completion.

We value ability to continue, in that matter, the end of fencing match (competitive dialog) symbolized by union in hands. It has an important message and deep meaning that leads opposite sides of life into understanding of each other and grateful appreciation in the future.

  • Referee

To prevent a rise of fascism or powerful dominion, we practice to referee.

That specific side of our training is leading society and its nature to a certain complexity; where the fencing atmosphere created by the colleague (5/3) genius effort has the ability to prevent any abusive movements (physical or verbal).
Its defends both opposite sides against abrasive hits, cruel attacks from behind or side-ways; and most important, it’s perpetually persuades members of society to continue competitive dialog until the end by not allowing fencers to turn back on acting opponent during the bout.

In time, that unique experience will become a powerful source of personal opinion to elect and vote for World Leader.

  • Protective clothing and sport equipment

The fencing atmosphere provides to participants protective clothing.

That specifically design and well-made type of body armor prevents fencers from being harmed not only physically but psychologically as well. At our school, we see dress code of protective fencing clothing as an honorable place in society, which is “Life-being as a Courtier” on Worldwide Supreme Noble Court for Peace.

The sport equipment that assists us in the game of fencing we recognized as “not to harm” and includes both sides, physical & psychological. On one side, fencing equipment design and made not to damage the body. On another side, we pay attention to details and do whatever is necessary to prevent cheating or winning by any cause.

  • a Good Will

At our school, we believe that better to die with honor in the brave attempt to defend life in freedom, then to cheat death and sell out treasured values of our life to all invading force of the fascist dominion.

In that context, fencing atmosphere welcomes to everyone, regardless of Race, Color, Religion, National or Ethnic origin.

  • Significance

The life of the Courtier (on the podium, theatric or diplomatic scene) offers fencing participants necessary conditions to feel important.

We have very confident opinion that sense of significance provided by society we are living and acting in, give us undeniable source of power to drive through our lives with honor and dignity.

  • Name

The competitive, fencing atmosphere unavoidably gives everyone at school equal opportunity to reveal their self-chosen names.

We believe that our names are kept “hidden” in earlier unknown qualities of the Universe. These qualities are like seeds; laying down in the soil until spring time, holding breath and waiting for a warmth and (all) welcome sun and rain to begin its way in grow, color and gift of our collective (5/3) genius effort.

To recognize these divine qualities, that is cryptic to a customer eye and to incarnate them on a new, wonderful level of performance and masterpiece is our cosmic and (self) chosen goal. It is our all human destiny and civil task.

Posted in Words from coach | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Nickolay Alehin

Nickolay Alehin (1954)

Honored Fencing Master, Olympic Champion in the team in 1980, World Champion in 1979, 1982
had said: “Figure out what is that you want and made a choice!
Only then you can be free from heavy weight of painful parting with the past.”

Posted in Our honor | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victor Sidyak

Victor Sidyak (Born in 1943)

Honored Fencing Master, four times Olympic Champion had said:

“Whoever is too great must live alone
Adored they works in mighty solitude
Vain is the effort to create related kind
And only partner is the Strength within.”

Posted in Words from coach | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Alexander Fel’

Fel’ Alexander Leonidovich (1935-2004)

Honored Coach USSR had told me ones:

“Abilities to coordinate and to be in gentle joints are good!
But the force is weak to perform a necessary pressure….
Compensate your small body weight with high speed
Half-close your eyes, let go mind-effort to focus

Pay attention with your skin and move faster!”

Posted in Words from coach | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Co-founder and President of CFA Sharol Pestotnik had started fencing in 1996 at the age of 40; competed at National tournaments 1999-2011; International 2003, 2006, 2007 and qualified as a United States National Fencing Team member 2006, 2007, 2009.
She earned the United States Fencing Associations fencers rating ‘B’ in Women’s Saber twice.
‘B’ ratings were both earned at national events, once in a Division II tournament in 2003 and once in a Women’s Veteran. Currently, Sharol hold a C 11 rating.

Her best results have been:

The Bronze medal at the Veteran World Championship held in Bath, England 2006.
Eleventh at the Veteran World Championship held in Sydney, Australia 2007.
She qualified as a member of the United States Fencing Team for the 2009 Veteran World Championship in Moscow, Russia but was unable to go due to a family emergency.
Sharol Pestotnik won the gold medal at the 2005 National Veteran Women’s Sabre event.
and won the gold medal at Summer Nationals 2005 in the Women’s Team Sabre event/

Personal commitment to CFA:

Sharol Pestotnik donated 7400 square foot building for the Academy 1998-2011.
She made personal loans to CFA for the establishment of the school.

Leave a comment

Nickolay Logatchov

We become what Home at CFA1we see in themselves
All that thought suggests in us, we can do
All that thought reveals in us, we can become
This should be men’s unshakable faith in themselves
Because GOD dwells in (us) here….

 

Posted in Our honor | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Recent Posts

Our pride: Lauren Sides My daughter, Lauren, had been doing martial arts since she was four years old.  At 12, she  decided she wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy upon graduating from high  school, but was disappointed that they did not have a karate team.  She had wanted to fence  from the moment she first saw the “Princess Bride” and discovered that USAFA had a fencing  team, and a dream was born. We were lucky enough to find Colorado Fencing Academy so close to our home.  We met with  Nickolay and Sharol and told them Lauren’s hopes for the future.  Little did we know that  Lauren’s goal would become their goal, too. For the next 5 years of her life, fencing became  Lauren’s passion.     Lauren began attending group classes three times a week and worked with other students her  age, learning the fundamentals.  Coach Nickolay would pull her for private time each day.  After,  her fencing skills grew, so did her private time. Training included much laughing, and sometimes  tears of frustration, as well.  Her training grew so much that, before we knew it, Lauren was  working with coach 7 days a week, sometimes for 3­4 hours a day. There even came a time ...

Donate

Recent Posts

Our pride: Lauren Sides My daughter, Lauren, had been doing martial arts since she was four years old.  At 12, she  decided she wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy upon graduating from high  school, but was disappointed that they did not have a karate team.  She had wanted to fence  from the moment she first saw the “Princess Bride” and discovered that USAFA had a fencing  team, and a dream was born. We were lucky enough to find Colorado Fencing Academy so close to our home.  We met with  Nickolay and Sharol and told them Lauren’s hopes for the future.  Little did we know that  Lauren’s goal would become their goal, too. For the next 5 years of her life, fencing became  Lauren’s passion.     Lauren began attending group classes three times a week and worked with other students her  age, learning the fundamentals.  Coach Nickolay would pull her for private time each day.  After,  her fencing skills grew, so did her private time. Training included much laughing, and sometimes  tears of frustration, as well.  Her training grew so much that, before we knew it, Lauren was  working with coach 7 days a week, sometimes for 3­4 hours a day. There even came a time ...
Family Fitness Night at St. Anne’s School On behalf of the planning committee, I would like to thank you for your participation...
Summer Camps all summer long! CFA invites you to participate in Summer Camps. Everyone from the age of 8 years...
Fencing atmosphere Fencing is the exercise for a Leader (Chief) Master. It is advance training in the...
Nickolay Alehin Nickolay Alehin (1954) Honored Fencing Master, Olympic Champion in the team in 1980, World Champion...

Recent Posts

Recent Posts

Our pride: Lauren Sides My daughter, Lauren, had been doing martial arts since she was four years old.  At 12, she  decided she wanted to attend the United States Air Force Academy upon graduating from high  school, but was disappointed that they did not have a karate team.  She had wanted to fence  from the moment she first saw the “Princess Bride” and discovered that USAFA had a fencing  team, and a dream was born. We were lucky enough to find Colorado Fencing Academy so close to our home.  We met with  Nickolay and Sharol and told them Lauren’s hopes for the future.  Little did we know that  Lauren’s goal would become their goal, too. For the next 5 years of her life, fencing became  Lauren’s passion.     Lauren began attending group classes three times a week and worked with other students her  age, learning the fundamentals.  Coach Nickolay would pull her for private time each day.  After,  her fencing skills grew, so did her private time. Training included much laughing, and sometimes  tears of frustration, as well.  Her training grew so much that, before we knew it, Lauren was  working with coach 7 days a week, sometimes for 3­4 hours a day. There even came a time ...
Family Fitness Night at St. Anne’s School On behalf of the planning committee, I would like to thank you for your participation...
Summer Camps all summer long! CFA invites you to participate in Summer Camps. Everyone from the age of 8 years...
Fencing atmosphere Fencing is the exercise for a Leader (Chief) Master. It is advance training in the...
Nickolay Alehin Nickolay Alehin (1954) Honored Fencing Master, Olympic Champion in the team in 1980, World Champion...