Prospective students who have never fenced are encouraged to sign up for an INTRODUCTORY LESSON
Information about signing up for classes after your lesson is at the bottom of this page.
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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.
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 which you may register for in the next section. Youth fencers under 10 years old are in our Musketeer program that is specially designed for their developing muscles. Children over 10 and under 16 years old are usually put into our Bronze class which meets once per week. Teens over 16 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 Student 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.
- This is a multistep process that requires approval from the Office Staff at two stages.
If you attend 1 day or 31 days, you pay for the entire month, just like any gym or fitness center. We require a 30-day notice to stop your membership, again like any gym or fitness center. We prorate the first membership month only; subsequent months are not prorated. Memberships are priced on a 4-week month. Some months have 5 weeks. These are days we do not charge for and are considered makeup days for times you will miss due to illness or travel. We do not have make-up days for missed classes.