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:
  • Saturdays in Hadley (American Legion Post 271):
    • Sep 16 to Oct 28, 2017 (No class Oct 7)
    • All ages (10 to adult). 9:30am to 11:00am 
    • Please note the new day and time for this class! (changed 7/9/2017)
  • Fridays in Longmeadow (Longmeadow Community House):
    • Sep 15 to Oct 27, 2017. (No class Oct 6)
    • Youth (ages 10 to 13). 4:30pm to 6pm. 
    • Teen/Adult (ages 13 to adult)): 6pm to 7:30pm.
Registration for our next session is not yet open. Please come back soon! 


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.