Summer Fencing Camp Session 2 by Team Tass
Athletic Camps on the Brown Bears Campus
The thirteenth annual Summer Fencing Camp at Brown University is a two week overnight and day camp. The program is focused on fencers at all levels in Foil, Epee and Saber from beginners to intermediates and competitors.
The camp program is designed to gradually increase in intensity throughout the daily activities. The activities are tailored to assess the individual camper's ability to process the information, improve on previously acquired techniques and establish new ones. Progress is made according to the individual's day to day results. Each of the three daily sessions provides campers with lessons in fencing theory, tactical/technical drills, group lessons, competitions and team events. The practice sessions are conducted with electronic scoring equipment. Between the daily sessions, activities such as soccer, basketball, swimming and running are also planned. Also planned is movie night one night each week.
Ages 12 - 17 and 18 (prior to entering college) are eligible to register as residential campers. Campers under the age of twelve can be considered for morning and/or afternoon day camp participation only.
Residential accommodation is provided at Brown University dormitories. The fee includes breakfast, lunch and dinner served at Brown's dining hall.
A residential option for campers enrolled in both Session 1 and Session 2, including meals and a weekend excursion (location to be determined) on Saturday, July 20. Though most campers elect to stay for both sessions, upon request, this opportunity can also be extended to campers participating in either first or second sessions. Weekend Stay fee: $280
Required Fencing Equipment
Electric Sabre mask or Foil and Epee mask, plastron (under arm protector), jacket, knickers, fencing shoes, and/or tennis shoes, socks, tee shirts, glove, body cords, electric Foils, Epee, Sabre and Sabre or Foil Lames.
Rental equipment is available for campers that do not have their own equipment.
Atilio Tass, Camp Director
Head Coach Atilio Tass has been involved in the sport of fencing for over 45 years. Not only as a coach, Tass is also a world class competitor, referee and teacher. His training as a coach comes from the Hungarian Sport University, where he earned his coaching diploma in fencing in 1988. He coaches all three weapons.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina Tass competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and 1980 Olympics in Moscow, as well as six different World Championships from 1985 to 1991, and three Pan American Games. He was the South American Champion in 1980, 1983 and 1986, the Argentinean National Champion in 1983 and 1984, and earned a bronze medal at the 1979 Pan Am Championship.
Tass has been an official referee for the US Fencing Team since 1990 and was selected to referee the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also invited to referee the last six NCAA Championships.
Tass worked as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame in 1988. He was proprietor, manager, and head coach of the Tucson (AZ) Fencing Club, coaching there from 1990-1999 at all levels, from beginners to competitive members.
Tass, who is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian, has also worked in TV, producing and directing a two-hour show, "The World of Fencing", for cable. He also created a magazine format show titled, "Fencing Action News".
Most recently, Tass won a bronze medal at the 2009 Veterans World Championship in Moscow, Russia.
Arpad began his fencing career in 1989 in Budapest, Hungary. He was a National Champion on all levels winning 16 gold medals as an Epee and Foil fencer, Cadet World and Junior European Champion, and Junior World Cup winner. Arpad received a full scholarship to St. John's University where he became a two time NCAA Individual Champion. IFA Champion and a four time Regional Champion. He received First Team All-American honors twice, St. John's Fencing Team MVP and 2005 St. John's Athlete of the Year Award.
Arpad has been coaching at the North Shore Fencers Club since 2005 and was the Assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in the 2005-2007 seasons.
Attila Lukacs was born in Hungary, Budapest in 1981. He started fencing at the age of 9, and started to competing at the age of 12. He is a multiple National Champion. He placed 9th at the Cadet World Championship, 3rd place in Junior European Team Championship, and is a multiple Junior World Cup medalist.