New students may schedule a private or family introductory lesson with a coach. Family lessons must be members of one family only, and no more than six attendees (parents and children). There is a fee of $25 as we must disinfect equipment and ask a coach to schedule time to come in.
Participants must be at least 6 years old. Participants should wear tennis shoes and exercise clothing such as long pants without pockets, and a t-shirt. FIT will supply the protective clothing and equipment required to participate. Please bring a water bottle. Disinfectant wipes will b available to wipe down the equipment before and after use.
Complete our COVID 19 questionnaire and familiarize yourself with the rules for entering the facility on our COVID 19 page.
This lesson is designed to give an overview of basic fencing movements. Students are generally exposed to only one weapon during this lesson. This may be foil, epee or sabre depending on the instructor. Students will usually be put through a series of fencing related exercises and taught how to move on the fencing strip. The last portion of the lesson will allow the students to participate in a fencing bout with another attendee. or the instructor.
The beginning level classes are a bit more in depth than the introductory class. Students will perform more drills, footwork, and other activities to prepare for fencing, and do less bouting with an opponent.
The next step is generally one of our beginner fencer programs. Youth fencers under 8 years old are in our Musketeer program that is specially designed for their developing muscles. Children over 8 years old are usually put into our Beginner I class which meets once per week. Older teens and adults are usually assigned to our Adult Beginner I classes. These beginner group classes are designed to expose the fencers to all three weapons. However, some students know early which weapon they would like to fence and may select the beginner program for that weapon.
Private lessons are not required for beginner students; however, private lessons will help the student progress faster. Private lessons may be added at anytime and scheduled through our Member only area on this website.
Upon recommendation of the coaching staff, students graduate to the Intermediate Program or the Competitive Team, depending on commitment and skills.