Dear Darien Parents:
Our fall/winter semester is just about to end and we wanted to congratulate all of our fencers on a great first half of the year. Over the past three and a half months, everyone has worked very hard to learn the basics of footwork, bladework and strategy. We had several internal competitions and competed as a unit in the Candlewood Holloween tournament where we got valuable competitive experience and even won a medal or two! Congratulations on that.
We have some great plans in store for the upcoming semester with Coach Dima offering more private lesson time, upgrades to our scoring devices and a few more tournaments where we will represent Darien and go for the gold in multiple age categories.
The following dates constitute the 2016 winter/spring class schedule:
1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19
There are a total of 19 classes. The per-class cost for the semester will remain the same – the total semester tuition is $1520.00. The club accepts credit cards.
Please be sure to renew your club fees this upcoming Sunday so there is no interruption in your fencer’s training. In addition, please confirm with us your private lesson time slot. (If you haven’t started with private lessons, please consider doing so as the skills learned will supercharge your fencer’s development and make the group classes that much more valuable.
Have a wonderful holiday break and a great New Year!
Jeff and Cindy Binder
Darien Fencing Club for Kids
Meet Miles Chamley-Watson, who loves Korean barbecue and happens to be the coolest thing to ever happen to the world of fencing
Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what pro athletes in different sportseat on a daily basis to perform at their best. Here’s a look at the daily diet of Miles Chamley-Watson, fencing champion and male model.
The first thing you need to do if you want to eat like the first American man to become world foil-fencing champion: Go easy on the carbs. After all, an individual fencing match can be over in a few minutes, but if you keep winning, then you have to fence all day. “You could start your first match at 8 A.M.,” says Miles Chamley-Watson, who once taught Raekwon how to use a sword for this very magazine. “And if you do well, you could keep going until 6 P.M. So some people do need a lot of carbs, but for me I feel like I’m naturally very athletic. I feel better when I eat just protein and vegetables. I feel lighter.”
The 25-year-old spends six hours every day in training, and consumes a protein-heavy 3,500 calories to keep moving. At six foot four, he starts his day with a big breakfast, usually a combination of yogurt, granola, and a protein shake, followed much later by a filling lunch to last the final hours. Evening fencing sessions, morning workouts, nearly an hour of stretching every day—without some cross-training, it all gets repetitive. You have to mix it up.
Chamley-Watson’s routine-breaker of choice? Boxing. “The footwork is very similar, which is really nice,” he says. “Before the 2013 World Championships, I would fence a little bit, but I also boxed four times a week. My footwork was great, and my stamina was through the roof.”
When you hear that someone sword fights for a living and then punches people for fun, you might think that he’d be a very aggressive person. But Chamley-Watson is a pretty chill dude, especially considering his career trajectory: That 2013 tournament was where he became the first American man to lunge and parry his way to victory. He triumphed in the finals, Rocky-style, over Russian fencer Artur Akhmatkhuzin.
And when he’s not competing in the Olympics, he’s gracing the runway, modeling for the likes of Ralph Lauren and VFiles. He’s got the kind of metabolism most ordinary people would kill for and doesn’t have to change up his diet too much when preparing to model. “Obviously, it depends on what it is,” he says. “If it’s a really big shoot, then you want to have protein and no carbs at all. I’ll stick to basic foods, like chicken and kale with no sauces or extra fat. I’m in pretty good shape already, so my body doesn’t have to change too much. I’m not too big, not too skinny, so it works out pretty well for me.”
If there’s one indulgence the fencer allows himself, it’s Korean barbecue. It’s a regular feature in Chamley-Watson’s diet, since it’s a source of tons of protein and it’s just damn good. “The meat is very fresh—you cook it yourself, so you know what you’re eating,” he says. ”It’s perfectly flavored, without too many preservatives or spices. It’s just meat. There’s kimchi, which is extremely good for your body. If I could buy one of those barbecue pits, I would.”
Shake with almond butter, protein powder, almond milk, banana
Yogurt with granola and peanut butter
Chicken with kale, quinoa, sweet potato
Korean BBQ, kimchi, three trays of beef