Our philosophy at Guard Up! Family Swordsmanship is simple. Every class, camp, party, program and event must precisely follow our primary Three Rules of Operation (3RO) in the following order:
Guard Up! is a company created by families for families. We understand the needs of various ages… from the youngest Little Knight all the way up to our adult competitive sport fencers. And since many of us are parents, we place Safety as our first priority. However, in our 10 years of operation, we have come to realize that everyone, even the most avid competitor, also wants to have fun. So we have applied this ingredient thoroughly in each of our programs and offerings. Our instructors are highly trained in our special coaching methods. And our team of plot writers make sure our interactive adventures capture your focus and inspire your imagination.
What motivates us is also simple: It is the excited, wide eye look our students have when they “get it” after practicing a technique and having their coach “catch them doing it right”… and it is the excited, wide eye look of wonder when a child sees their imagination come to life in front of them… offering them the chance to be the hero in a real life adventure they have only ever dreamed of before. This is why we are passionate about our work. We love to inspire.
The Why, How, and What of Guard Up
Our goal is to help children:
1) Become well rounded and well balanced individuals
2) Embrace learning as an exciting and lifelong endeavor
3) Become self confident, responsible, and optimistic through creative play
We accomplish this by:
1) “Unplugging” kids from the computer and motivating them to exercise and make friends in person
2) Educating children in a manner that is exciting and imaginative… where exploration and possibilities are endless
3) Providing an environment where a child’s actions have consequences and where their decisions can make a difference
We inspire your children by providing the following:
1) A dynamic game filled with physical interaction and constant scenarios that require teamwork, communication and compromise
2) Characters and creatures from real world mythology, literature and history which inspire kids to learn more in order to succeed at their quest
3) An ongoing, interactive storyline in which children’s decisions change the direction and outcome of the story