Introduction to Fencing

For those who have never fenced before, but want to get a good idea of what the sport is really like. The sport is too rich and exotic for anyone to gain an accurate sense of whether they like it or not after only one class. Our goal is to give those new to fencing a much more in-depth introduction to the sport.

An active, fun, "jump right in" approach to learning the sport, the Introduction to Fencing curriculum quickly progresses from basic movement to attacking and defending with movement to complex tactical phrases. Students will also learn basic officiating. 

Students who have some limited experience, but have been away from the sport for a while, or who are coming to Riverside Fencing Club from different clubs have also opted to take this course.

All fencing equipment will be provided. Students must wear athletic shoes and long sweatpants.

Our upcoming offerings: 
  • Schedule for May-Jun 2019 session
    • Saturdays in Hadley
      • 9:30am to 11:00am
      • May 4, 11, 18; Jun 1, 8, 15
        • No class Sat May 25 (Memorial Day)
      • Cost $110.00
      • Ages 10 to adult (mixed ages)
      • Registration is now open
  • Summer 2019:
    • We are proud to continue our association with Holyoke Community College to offer an extended introductory course as part of their summer youth camps program the week of July 15 to 19, 2019. This is a week-long day camp that runs 9am to 4pm daily, and is available to children ages 10 to 17.
    • We will post more information as it is available.


Youth Introduction to fencing class, 2014.

Teen/Adult Introduction to fencing class, 2014.
We use pool noodles at first, but quickly trade up
to "real" weapons!


Teen/Adult Introduction to fencing class, 2014.

Photo credits: Althea Haropulos. Used with permission.