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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get started?

    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.

  • Épée or Foil?

    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 and Foil techniques and rules, and they can help with recommendations based on your physical abilities and talents. 

    Here are a few differences:

    • The weapon’s blade shape and size: The Épée is longer and heavier than the Foil
    • The target area: Épée's target area is anywhere on the body, including mask, arms, feet. Foil’s target area is a vest covering the chest and back
    • Rules and tactics: In Foil fencing, “right of way” gives you priority for the touch. There are no rules of priority in Épée fencing — the first touch wins!

    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.

  • COVID-19: How do we stay safe?

    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.

    Vaccination

    • Our coaches are fully vaccinated and encourage vaccination in order to keep our club and community safe
    • Unvaccinated fencers and other higher-risk individuals should continue to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth at all times, including under fencing masks
    • Please also refer to these county and CDC guidelines for additional information

    Club Protocols

    • Parents and friends who wish to observe classes or lessons are asked to enjoy the outdoor viewing area, leaving the indoor studio space for our fencers and coaches
    • We are opening doors to increase ventilation in the studio
    • True HEPA air purifiers have been added in the areas away from the doors
    • Occupancy may be limited based on current county regulations

    Additionally, please observe these health and safety guidelines:

    • Wash and sanitize your hands often
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth with unclean hands
    • Practice appropriate social distancing 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow if you cough or sneeze
    • If you need a "mask break" to catch your breath, you can step outside and safely remove your mask away from other people
    • Be vigilant and use common sense to protect yourself and your teammates

    Before Activities

    • Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well
    • Self-monitor and be symptom free prior to any in-person club activity
    • If you experience symptoms, obtain NAAT/PCR testing for the virus per CDC guidelines
    • Stay home and get tested if you are unvaccinated and have had close sustained contact in last 14 days with anyone who was sick or known/believed to have COVID-19
    • If you've experienced a case of COVID-19, provide a note from doctor stating that you are cleared to participate in club activities

    USFA Return to Fencing Guidelines can be found here and additional resources here 

    Tips for Traveling Athletes, published in "American Fencing Magazine," offers additional guidance for fencers travling to competitions

  • I'm already a competitive fencer and would like to visit. May I drop in?

    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.

    Check out our schedule, and drop us a line here.  

  • I'm ready to take my fencing to the next level. Why should I train at Maximum Fencing?

    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.

  • Do you offer private lessons, birthday parties, or small group fencing?

    Why, yes, we do! Please contact us to discuss. 

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