Teaching Olympic Fencing to the Deaf: Identifying and Addressing a Gap in Teaching the Sport

By Randall Ulrich and Lisalee Egbert.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Currently no formal, recognized system exists within the fencing community for teaching Deaf athletes the sport of Olympic-style fencing. In the absence of such a system, this article offers an innovative visual signaling system for teaching the sport. This article examines the current state of the sport of fencing, and then proposes a system for providing visual cues and other visual input for teaching the sport to the Deaf population. A sample lesson demonstrating the proposed visual signaling system is included. Although the proposed system is designed primarily to accommodate teaching the sport in the regular fencing environment, the Deaf K–12 educational environment is also examined in terms of special accommodations and any adaptations to teaching methods for these students.

Keywords: Fencing, Deaf Education, Deaf Sports, Olympic Fencing, Deaf Athletes Identifying and Addressing a Gap in Teaching the Sport

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.1-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 703.813KB).

Randall Ulrich

Doctoral Candidate, Drexel University, Sacramento, CA, USA

Randall's 40 years of experience as a fencer and as a fencing instructor and coach, combined with his interest and experience working with the Deaf, helped to create a system for teaching Deaf athletes the sport of fencing. Randall has been a competitive fencer, and has taught/coached fencing for the past 30 years. Randall teaches all three weapons (foil, epee, sabre). Randall is currently a doctoral candidate at Drexel University, and is completing his dissertation for an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with a concentration in Human Resources Development (HRD).

Dr. Lisalee Egbert

Assistant Professor, Deaf Studies, California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, USA

Dr. Egbert obtained her Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University with a tri-discipline on Reading/Literacy, Bilingual Education and Deaf Culture. Her Ph.D. is one of 6 degrees. Currently, she is a professor at California State University, Sacramento and an adjunct instructor at Sierra College, where she teaches in the Deaf Studies Departments. She feels honored to sit on the ASDC (American Society for Deaf Children) and Cal Ed (California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) boards. She enjoys being an advocate for Deaf child’s education and research specialist for N.A.D.I.N.E (Nation Advocates for Deafness to Inform, Network, and Enrich), and she is the current president Capital Regional CSUN/NCOD alumni chapter in the Northern California. She adores her husband Stephen, who is also Deaf, and their four amazing children.