Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend completing Intro to Fencing, our three-lesson series for new fencers. Then you'll be ready for Beginner Group Classes. You can even take private lessons with one of our world-class coaches.
Experienced Fencers: If you've fenced before, please contact us to determine the best program for your experience and training goals.
First, join us for Intro to Fencing, a three-session series to find out if you like fencing. Then you'll choose which weapon suits you best. Your coach will introduce you to both Épée, Foil, and Saber techniques and rules, and they can help with recommendations based on your physical abilities and talents.
Here are a few differences:
Also, checking out the different class schedules for Épée and Foil may be helpful for deciding for which classes you will be able to attend.
Fencing gear is available for purchase at the club. We provide loaner equipment for Beginners. Intermediate fencers should have their own kit of equipment, including mask, glove, plastron, chest protector and uniform. Please talk with your coach to determine the best items for your needs.
We welcome guest fencers. Join us for group training and open bouting, as well as private lessons with our excellent coaches. Our drop-in fee is $50 per session for group classes that include warm-up, drills, and conditioning.
Experienced adult fencers are welcome to join open bouting sessions for a $25 floor fee.
We're here to help you achieve your fencing goals. Our training program uses a flexible “stage-not-age” approach. You can choose a membership package that includes one, two, three, or four practices a week, and then add private lessons for individualized training.
Your coach will place you in classes that are comfortable for your current skill level and that provide suitable stretch for your development as a fencer. As you progress, you'll advance through the levels and join competition opportunities that are appropriate yet challenging.
The COVID-19 situation remains fluid, and we will continue adapting club protocols based on guidance from the State of California and Santa Clara County.
Additionally, please observe these health and safety guidelines:
Tips for Traveling Athletes, published in "American Fencing Magazine," offers additional guidance for fencers travling to competitions
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