Students listen to the instructor's directions ina Beginner Class.

The Adventure Begins!

Learn to fence, have fun and meet new friends! At Tidewater Fencing Club’s beginner fencing classes, you’ll learn all the fundamentals of one of the oldest Olympic sports, then get to apply them in freestyle bouting (sparring) with other beginners.

Fencing is a great workout, so be sure to wear clothing appropriate for athletic activity, such as tennis shoes, long athletic pants, and a t-shirt. Knee-length shorts or leggings are permitted in the summertime. All protective equipment and fencing weapons will be provided at no charge for student use during class.

Beginner Class Pricing

  • $100/month for an individual
  • additional family members can be added at a 50% discount
  • Military discount:  $10 off per month (limit one per family, NOT applicable to additional family members)
USA Fencing Membership

Tidewater Fencing Club is a proud member club of USA Fencing. In order to fulfill insurance requirements, all of our students and club members are required to be current members of USA Fencing. A non-competitive USA Fencing membership is $10 per fencer, per season (seasons run August through July) and can be found at usfencing.org. Please bring your membership number with you to the first class session (if we don't already have it on file).

Beginner Fencing Class: Level 1

Level 1 classes are intended for those who have never fenced before, or who have taken an Introductory Class. Class sessions are held once a week for four weeks, and THE CLUB MONTHLY SCHEDULE BEGINS ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, with Level 1 classes starting the Tuesday and Saturday after that.

Students will learn:

  • the history of fencing as an Olympic sport
  • safety rules and fencing etiquette
  • proper en garde stance and basic footwork
  • how to execute simple attacks
  • how to defend against simple attacks

Class Schedule

  • Option 1:  Tuesdays
    • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Instructor: Bill Powers
  • Option 2:  Saturdays
    • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Instructor: Brian Joyner

Student Requirements

  • No previous fencing experience is required.
  • Students should be at least 8 years old. Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, contact us for details.

Next Steps

Upon instructor approval, students may enroll in the next available Beginner Level 2 Class.

Next Beginner Classes:

  1. Beginner Fencing Class: July 2020 (Saturdays)

    July 11 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Beginner Fencing Class: Level 2

Level 2 classes are intended for those who have completed our Beginner Level 1 class, or have had some basic fencing training in the past. Class sessions are held once a week for four weeks, and THE CLUB MONTHLY SCHEDULE BEGINS ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, with Level 2 classes starting the Wednesday and Saturday after that.

Students will learn:

  • smoother footwork/better distance control
  • how to string together attacks to deceive an opponents defense
  • how to defend against complex attacks

Class Schedule

  • Option 1:  Wednesdays
    • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Instructor: Tim Vincent
  • Option 2:  Saturdays
    • 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • Instructor: Tim Vincent

Student Requirements

  • Some previous fencing experience is required. This requirement may be satisfied by completing our Beginner Level 1 class, or with the equivalent level of experience from another club.
  • Students should be at least 8 years old. Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, contact us for details.

Next Steps

Upon instructor approval, students may become full members of Tidewater Fencing Club to fence with other members and start taking Intermediate Classes to continue their fencing training and aid the transition from beginner to club member.

Beginner Fencing Classes

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