The name of our program was inspired by the "Curtana" (with one "n") a ceremonial sword used at the coronation of British Kings and Queens for over 1,200 years and one of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. Curtana is probably the oldest sword in human history to serve a non-violent purpose but rather one of higher and positive values. It represents the legacy and values our founder, Olympic champion James Beevers wants to pass on through his love of fencing. We associate this historic symbol with James Beevers being a member of a British dynasty of a sport rooted in the times of kings and knights.
CURTANNA® turns the Olympic sport of fencing into a unique educational tool for the 21st Century through the use of state of the art technologies and database services. Curtanna’s exciting, innovative and user-friendly coaching application brings founder James Beevers’ 30 years of fencing knowledge and expertise to help schools, parents and psychotherapists achieve positive results in children. This revolutionary approach to grassroots coaching allows children the opportunity to have their executive functions trained and challenged by the positive values of fencing in a fun, structured and highly specialized environment.
A structured and progressive eight-rank course. Basic skills of fencing, including the concepts of attacking, defending and coordination of hands and feet, are taught first before developing more complex age appropriate skills and a wider variety of moves. Skills are taught through a variety of exciting games and exercises that positively train, challenge and develop children’s executive functions.
James Beevers is a 3rd generation fencer who followed the success of his father, mother and grandfather, who all fenced at international and Olympic level. At the age of eight, he started fencing and has since won every British national title including being a four-time Senior British champion. James has represented Great Britain at 14 World & European Championships and was a member of the British team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Following his retirement from the sport in 2009, James founded the very successful Little Musketeers fencing program which reaches over 350 schools teaching 3000 children each week in the UK. As a father of two young children, James has carefully developed exercises with executive functions and whole-child development in mind while gently exposing them to the sport of fencing.
Curtanna® Home is the ultimate brain-body program, inspired by the Olympic sport of fencing, designed by James Beevers, British Olympian, ten-times British champion, educator and parent and endorsed by the world’s most recognized cognitive developmental neuroscientist, Dr. Adele Diamond.
"Curtanna challenges all the critical executive functions -- including self-control, focused attention, working memory, and creative problem-solving -- in a way that’s fun for kids. Kids clearly derive great joy from Curtanna; they help and encourage one another, and a supportive community develops; those emotional and social benefits of Curtanna work to support the executive function benefits of the program." Adele Diamond, Tier 1 Cognitive Developmental Neuroscientist, University of British Columbia, Canada.