Fencing instruction for ages 8 – 12
Our Youth program has classes on Wednesday evenings (Intermediate +) and Saturday mornings (Beginner & Intermediate)
HOW IT WORKS:
The Intermediate/Advanced programs are handled on a monthly basis.
Youth fencers are divided into three ranks: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. All three ranks meet and train on Wednesday nights. As fencers increase in rank, they gain access to more and more training and bouting opportunities.
Whether you are looking to fence for fun or compete at the highest level, we want you to get what you want from the sport!
Group Class (Intermediate +)
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Open Bouting (Intermediate +)
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Group Class (Beginner & Intermediate)
9:30am - 10:30am
The Saturday Class is hosted in three-month sessions
Curriculum and Ranks
All new fencers start at the Beginner rank. Beginners work on basic footwork and bladework in our Saturday Technique Class. As they learn new techniques, beginner fencers will be tested according to our beginner curriculum and graduate up to the Intermediate rank.
Beginners WILL get to bout (spar) for the final 15 minutes of the Saturday class. This bouting period is fully structured and refereed by the coaches and instructors.
After graduating to the Intermediate rank, fencers are able to register for the Wednesday class and will learn more complex blade maneuvers during the group class.
Wednesdays are also the night we host youth “open bouting.” Open-bouting is a semi-structured training period from 7pm-8pm when Intermediate fencers can fence against each other at their own pace and practice the techniques and strategies they choose.
Youth fencers who have fenced for at least one year and have participated in a USFA sanctioned tournament will be eligible for the Advanced rank. At this rank, the fencers will be granted an age exemption that allows them to enroll in and practice in the Senior (age 13+) classes. Participation in the older class is completely optional
Beginner Fencers must provide their own jacket, glove, and gender-specific protective gear (athletic cup for male students and plastic chest protector for female students). All items are listed on our Equipment Guide under “Beginner Class”
Fencers must provide their own full uniform–jacket, underarm protector, glove, knickers, mask, and gender-specific protective gear. Intermediate fencers are not required to own their own epees and bodycords, but it is strongly recommended once it becomes convenient to do so. All items are listed on our Equipment Guide
Fencers must be able to provide at least one epee and bodycord to be eligible for the Advanced Rank.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my child need to attend every class if I enroll him/her in an Intermediate/Advanced Program?
A: No, you are welcome to attend as many or as few classes as you would like or is convenient for you.
NOTE: There is no discount/refund for attending fewer classes.
Q: Will my child be required to compete in tournaments if I enroll?
A: Not at all! Although we do encourage students to try tournaments because they are a lot of fun, competitions are by no means required.
Q: Are there any commitments/contracts if I sign my child up?
A: No. Everything is set up as a “per month” membership.
Q: What happens when my child turns 13 years old?
A: Any fencer who turns 13 is welcome to move up to the senior-level programs at any time. However, fencers who start in the youth age group are not required to graduate to the senior level until the end of the fencing season (July 31st).