Our kids had tried a lot of sports but never found the right fit until we discovered the physical and intellectual discipline that fencing requires. As a parent the most rewarding thing fencing brought them was the attention of the collegiate recruiting coaches. Elaine Aliberti knows a lot of the coaches at great universities and is a great resource and role model for young adults. We will be forever indebted to her for what Park City Fencing Academy has done for our family.
Why I Am Still in Utah (or a testament to a great coach) Two years ago Daniel arrived at a pivotal moment in his fencing where we, as a family, had a choice to make. After several years of being at the top Daniel was no longer achieving those top results for which he was working. Additionally, the fencing pool had shrunk and there were few fencers to challenge him and help him continue to grow. With no one to fence, and gaps in his fencing education, my first choice was to move back to the east coast where the majority of the male foil fencers live and train. I was ready to move and this was an excellent excuse since there was no way we were going to let his fencing go by the wayside. Along came Elaine Aliberti and offered to go to Paris with us. There she discovered some things about Daniel and, over the week, we got to know her in a totally different light. Elaine explained a course of action that she was willing to undertake to aid him in his goals and offered to take him on as an elite fencer. It was a decision that proved itself to be the right one at the right time. She has continually worked with him as an individual; understanding his specific deficiencies but also expanding on his talent and ability. She is able to help him because she understands, as a coach, that she needs to continue to strive and grow. I have been amazed at how well she pulls out just what she needs to learn and teach from other coaches, fencers, and specific situations. She is intelligent and uses this intelligence in her coaching. She listens and respects her students. Although I might not be ecstatic about still living in Utah, it is where we need to be for Daniel's fencing and Daniel wouldn't trade her for anyone.
Charmaine Riley Holley
Elaine has been an amazing coach and support for our daughter on all levels: physically, emotionally and materially (with equipment). She runs a no-nonsense club beginning with fencing fundamentals and proper sportsmanship then moving towards competition on local, national and international levels. She doesn't allow misconduct and is strict with the use of the weapons. Her private lessons are tailored to meet the individual needs of each student, thus she is able to allow each student to grow and learn at their individual pace. Our daughter is motivated to work hard in the sport with expectations of support and without fear of condemnation. Elaine uses my daughters mistakes to further her training and improve her skills as a fencer. And, to watch Elaine strip-side coach and see our daughter respond and make points is one of the highlights of our experience with Elaine and Park City Fencing Academy. Anyone interested in a challenging sport that uses intellect, physical prowess and superior tactics should sign up to take classes and lessons with Elaine!
The Park City Fencing Academy with Elaine Aliberti as the coach/instructor was a fabulous experience for my 2 sons. My oldest son was 13 and my youngest was 10 when they began their fencing lessons. My younger son won a bout in his very first regional competition-after only 3 months of lessons! My older son fenced in the club for 5 years until he left for college. He gained confidence and improved in the sport through lessons, peer interaction, and competitions throughout Utah and out-of-state. He rose from an unrated fencer to a B rating thanks to Elaine's excellent coaching style. I would have to say that the most important thing my son learned at the PCFA was not foil fencing but leadership skills, competitive drive (how to win and lose with grace), and to be completely responsible for himself. He matured immensely under Elaine's tutelage. The focus with Elaine is not only on performance and winning, but just as important is personal growth, sportsmanship, and character building. I would highly recommend the PCFA to all of my friends for their children.