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: 
  • Saturdays in Hadley (Riverside Fencing Club, 162 Russell St)
    • Mixed Ages (ages 10 to adult)
    • Saturdays 9:30am to 11am
    • Sep 15, 22, 29; Oct 13, 20, 27 (No class Oct 6)
    • Register here! (Registration now open)
  • Fridays in Longmeadow (Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow Street
    • Mixed ages (ages 10 to adult)
    • Fridays 6pm to 7:30pm
    • Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 12, 19, 26 (No Class Oct 5)
    • Register here! (Registration now open)
  • Wednesdays in West Springfield (UNICO Building, Mittineague Park)
    • Mixed ages (10 to adult)
    • Wednesdays 6pm to 7:30pm
    • Sep 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
    • Registration is through West Springfield Park and Rec, and will open 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.