Introduction to Fencing

Our Introduction to fencing course is designed 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 next sessions will be:
  • May-Jun 2018 Sessions: Offered directly through Riverside Fencing Club. Registration closes on Wednesday May 2.
    • Saturdays in Hadley (Riverside Fencing Club/American Legion,162 Russell Street)
      • Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am
      • May 5, 12, 19; Jun 2, 9, 16 (No class May 26)
      • All ages (10 to adult)
      • Cost: $110.00
      • Click here to register.
    • Fridays in Longmeadow (Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow Street)
      • Fridays 6:00pm to 7:30pm
      • May 4, 11, 18; Jun 1, 8, 15 (No class May 25)
      • All ages (10 to adult)
      • Cost: $110.00
      • Click here to register.
    • Wednesdays in West Springfield (UNICO Bldg, Unico Way, W. Springfield click for map) This program is administered through the W. Springfield Park & Recreation department.
      • Wednesdays 5:30p to 7:00p
      • May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jun 6.
      • All ages (10 to adult)
      • Cost: $110.00
      • Click here to register
      • Registration deadline for May-June session is April 27, 2018.


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.