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Jan 4, 2018 CLOSED due to inclement weather

posted Jan 4, 2018, 9:29 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 1:34 PM ]

Jan 4, 2018.

UPDATE (4:15pm) : CLUB CLOSED FOR ALL FENCING. Everyone please stay safe and warm.

(Original announcement:) Due to today's winter storm, the club will be open for open fencing only from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. All classes earlier in the day will be canceled.

New Saturday Schedule (starting Jan 6, 2018)

posted Jan 3, 2018, 11:36 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Jan 3, 2018, 11:36 AM ]

The Riverside Fencing Club's Saturday schedule will change to the schedule below effective January 6, 2018. The shift moves the open fencing and any in-house tournaments one hour later in the day from the current schedule.

9:30am to 11:00am: Mixed ages introductory program
12:30pm to 2:00pm: All ages open fencing (and private lessons)
2:00pm: Start of in-house tournaments (when scheduled)

Club Open Tue Dec 12, 2017

posted Dec 12, 2017, 7:02 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 7:02 AM ]

The wintery weather today is expected to pass and turn mostly to rain by early afternoon. The club WILL be open tonight as normal for classes, open fencing, and private lessons.

As always, please exercise your own best judgment as to whether it is safe for you to travel between the club and your home.

Open Fencing and In-House events ON today!

posted Dec 9, 2017, 8:08 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Dec 9, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

Though there is snow predicted for this afternoon (Sat Dec 9, 2017), the regular in-house tournament (senior mixed epee) and open fencing scheduled today will take place as normal.

Of course, please use your own best judgment as to whether or not you feel safe traveling to/from the club safely.

West Springfield Jan-Feb session

posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:18 PM by Taro Yamashita

Registration for the Jan-Feb 2018 session in West Springfield is now open!

Available in the Jan-Feb 2018 session:
  • Youth Continuation classes (foil, ages 10-13)
  • All ages (10+) Introduction to fencing
  • Senior Continuation classes (foil, epee, ages 13+)
All classes are offered on Wednesdays starting January 3, 2018 and run through February 7, 2018.

The programming in West Springfield is administered by the West Springfield Park and Recreation department, and classes are taught by the Riverside Fencing Club staff. To register, please use this form.

Thanksgiving Week Schedule

posted Nov 19, 2017, 5:13 PM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Nov 19, 2017, 5:13 PM ]

We will be open as normal on Monday and Tuesday, November 20 and 21, 2017.

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday and Saturday, November 23 and 25, 2017.

We will resume our normal schedule on Monday November 27, 2017.

Emergency Closing Procedures (reminder)

posted Nov 13, 2017, 9:38 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 9:38 AM ]

A reminder of how emergency/weather-related closings at the club will be announced, in FAQ format:
  • Will Riverside Fencing Club be closed when the local (Hadley) Schools are closed?
    • Not necessarily. However, we have no direct link to the Hadley Schools, so our operations do not depend on them.
  • When will you post that Riverside Fencing Club is closed?
    • No later than 1:00pm on the day in question.
  • If there is no notice, what should we assume?
    • If there is no posting about a closing, please assume that there WILL be fencing.
  • Where will you post notices?
    • I will post notices in three places:
      • Via email. I will post to this email list. Please check your email.
      • On our official web site: www.RiversideFencingClub.com.
      • On our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Riverside.Fencing.Club/
I have to make the call based on the weather conditions near the club. If, at any time, you feel that the travel conditions near where you live are too dangerous for you to come out, please stay home, safe.

Thank you.

-Taro Yamashita
Head Coach, Owner

Club Closed Sat Nov 4, 2017

posted Nov 1, 2017, 4:44 PM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 4:45 PM ]

Reminder: Riverside Fencing Club will be closed Saturday November 4, 2017. All are encouraged to visit the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference (NEIFC) Fall Invitational tournament (the Big One) at Smith College that day.

Directions, schedule of events, and live results available at:


Longmeadow Nov-Dec 2017 Session Canceled

posted Oct 28, 2017, 3:57 PM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Oct 28, 2017, 3:58 PM ]

All programs in the Longmeadow location have been canceled for the Nov-Dec 2017 session. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. We look forward to seeing you there in the Jan-Feb 2018 session.

We will be there for a few dates in November and December for fun, events. Please stay tuned! We'll announce them as they are finalized.

Club Closed for Columbus Day weekend

posted Oct 4, 2017, 8:29 AM by Taro Yamashita   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 8:29 AM ]

Riverside will be closed in both the Hadley and Longmeadow locations for the Columbus Day long weekend. There will be no classes, lessons, or open fencing held on Friday (Oct 6) in Longmeadow, Saturday (Oct 7) in Hadley, or Monday (Oct 9) in Hadley.

We will return to our normal schedule beginning Tuesday October 10, 2017. Enjoy the long weekend.

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