Introducing 2-4-1 Fencing – A Revolutionary Approach to Fencing

December 20, 2023
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We are thrilled to announce a unique and innovative approach to fencing: 2-4-1 Fencing. Developed in collaboration with 2-4-1 and Eric Momberg, Head Fencing Coach at Lawrence University, and a member of USA Fencing and the US Fencing Coaches Association, this program promises to revolutionize how we introduce fencing to the next generation.

Why is 2-4-1 Fencing Special?

Affordability and Accessibility: One of the most significant barriers to fencing has been cost and accessibility. 2-4-1 Fencing breaks down these barriers. It is offered at just 2% of the cost of traditional fencing and can be practiced almost anywhere.

Play-Based Curriculum: Our curriculum mirrors Olympic-style fencing, ensuring that anyone who completes the program can transition seamlessly into a traditional fencing club with proper footwork and technique.

Simplicity and Innovation: The beauty of 2-4-1 Fencing lies in its simplicity. It’s designed to be easily deliverable, making it an ideal introduction to the sport for children, whether in after-school programs or physical education classes.

Broadening the Reach

From Individuals to Large Groups: The curriculum is adaptable, catering to groups as small as two or as large as 200. This flexibility means that we can introduce fencing to a vast array of students, regardless of their skill level.

Progressive Learning: After an eight-week introductory course, students can progress to intramural-style contests and tournaments, keeping the learning process dynamic and engaging.

Appealing to Kids’ Imagination: Kids adore the program’s mix of group games, individual instruction, and imaginative play. Fencing evokes exciting images – from Zorro and the Three Musketeers to Star Wars’ lightsabers. We build on this allure to make fencing both fun and educational.

Recognition and Expansion

Project Play Champion: Recognized by the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society Program as a Project Play Champion, 2-4-1 Fencing is now set to expand across North America. We’ve already ordered 1,000 units of our modified equipment – essentially modified pool noodles with a removable plastic handle – to meet the growing demand.

Our Vision and Hope

With 2-4-1 Fencing, we aim to collaborate with USA Fencing and other organizations passionate about growing this magnificent sport. Our goal is not just to teach fencing but to instill respect, honor, and the values inherent in this Olympic sport.

Join us in this exciting journey to make fencing accessible, enjoyable, and a part of every child’s life.

For a recent story about 2-4-1 Fencing – watch this great clip from NBC CT.


For more information on 2-4-1 Fencing and how to get involved, please contact Steve Boyle at 2-4-1 (steve@241play.org) or Coach Eric Momberg (swordguy42@hotmail.com) at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Let’s Fence!

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About Steve Boyle

Steve Boyle is a visionary leader and advocate for youth sports and physical literacy. As the Executive Director of 2-4-1 CARE, Inc. and Co-Founder/Director of 2-4-1 Sports, Steve stands at the forefront of the movement to transform the youth sports paradigm. His forward-thinking anti-specialization approach has garnered acclaim from esteemed institutions like the Aspen Institute. At the helm of 2-4-1, Steve has skillfully guided its expansion from its flagship location in West Hartford, Connecticut, to a range of locations across the U.S., Canada, and Africa. His leadership has not only scaled the program but also redefined the standards of youth sports Beyond the scope of 2-4-1 Sports, Steve’s influence extended to developing the National Association of Physical Literacy, where his insights as Advisory Board Chair were pivotal. His tenure as Global Lead on Physical Literacy and Athletics for Whittle School & Studios marked a significant contribution to the global community, shaping the athletic and physical education frameworks across campuses in Shenzhen and Washington, D.C. Steve is equally known for merging his expertise in counseling with his coaching acumen to create the TOP Self social-emotional learning platform. This innovative endeavor leverages sports to impart essential social-emotional learning skills, cementing Steve’s status as a national authority in physical literacy development.

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