Introduction to Fencing

Our approach to try to convey the rich complexity and depth of fun that this sport can offer is to have an introductory COURSE, rather than a single class. This is a six-week course, meeting for 90 minutes weekly, and is open to fencers ages 10 to adult.

Our goal is that by the end of the course, students will have a reasonably broad exposure to many of the key elements of fencing: techniques, tactics, etiquette, history, and officiating. Students are expected to attend all class meetings, as each day builds on the previous day's material.

All fencing equipment is provided and included in the cost of the course. 

Course fee: $125.00.

This class is currently scheduled to be offered:

  • Sep-Oct 2019: 
    • In Hadley (Epee; Sat mornings), and 
    • In West Springfield (Foil; Mon evenings)
  • Jan-Feb 2020: 
    • In Hadley (Epee; Sat mornings), and 
    • In Longmeadow (Foil; Fri evenings)
  • Mar-Apr 2020: 
    • In Hadley (Epee; Sat mornings), and 
    • In West Springfield (Foil; Mon evenings) (Tentative)

Our upcoming offerings:

  • Jan-Feb 2020:
    • In Hadley:
      • Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am
      • Program dates: Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8
      • Registration not yet open
    • In Longmeadow
      • Fridays Times TBD: tentatively 6pm to 7:30pm.
      • Program dates: Jan 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 21 (Feb 28 snow date)
      • Registration not yet open
  • Mar-Apr 2010:
    • In Hadley
      • Saturdays 9:30am to 11:00am
      • Program dates: Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; Apr 4, 11 (Mar 25 snow date)
      • Registration not yet open
    • In West Springfield
      • Mondays 6:00pm to 7:30pm
      • Program dates: Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Apr 6. (Apr 13 snow date)
      • Online Registration (opens in new window)

Youth Introduction to fencing class, West Springfield.

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


Teen/Adult Introduction to fencing class, West Springfield.

Photo credits: Althea Haropulos, 2014. Used with permission.