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: 
  • Wednesdays in West Springfield (UNICO Building, Mittineague Park)
    • Mixed ages (10 to adult)
    • Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    • Nov 7, 14, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19 (no class Nov. 21)
    • Registration is through West Springfield Park and Rec, and is now open.
  • We will not able to offer the introduction to fencing course in the November-December 2018 time frame in other locations. Please do join us in West Springfield! We expect to be able to offer this course again in Hadley and Longmeadow in 2019.


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.