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Classes, Schedule, Fees, and Lessons

The WFA offers fencing instruction to anyone interested in the sport, from beginners to elite athletes. We have a full staff of experienced coaches, including our head coach, Atilio Tass, who is a fencing master trained in Hungary, a two-time Olympic saber fencer for Argentina (Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984) and the head coach at Brown University for 18 years. All of our coaches are certified under USA Fencing, the national governing body of the sport. 

Want to try fencing free? Stop by one of our kids or adult intro classes and give it a go!!

Kids: 4:30 Monday & Tuesday
Adults: 11:30 Saturday

If you or your child are new to fencing, we suggest taking a free introductory class. You are welcome to join any of our scheduled beginner classes, without making a reservation. We have a "rolling" enrollment, meaning you can join a class at any time. Feel free to call us ahead of time with any questions. 

Is your child younger than eight? Please give us a call and we can arrange to give your child an introduction to fencing, assess their readiness for an open class, and get them going on the right track to a safe and fun fencing experience.
Also you can try our Mini Musketeers program, from 4:15-5pm on Thursday. Drop by!

When taking a beginning class, we will help you determine which fencing "weapon" works best for your style and interests. Coaches will help you with equipment, training, and a general introduction to the sport. Our classes are fun, active, and require no previous experience. We welcome any level of physical fitness, skills, and abilities. 

beginning Classes

Children/Teens: Monday, 4:30 pm

Teens/adults: Saturday, 11:30am

Join us for beginning fencing and discover your inner duelist. This is a great class to try fencing and see why it's so much fun. 

Try it, you’ll like it! Your first fencing class is free!

Please wear court/tennis shoes, long warm-up style pants, and a t-shirt. You can also come to any epee or saber beginning class time, and just let the instructor know you're trying fencing for the first time. We'll take it from there.

SCHEDULE: Fencing Classes

Beyond your first introduction to fencing, our classes are divided into different sessions based on two of the main fencing weapons: epee and saber. Don't worry, we'll help you decide which is right for you--and you can always switch or even fence both! Just pick a time that works for you, and drop by to join the class. 

Epee Classes

Beginning and Intermediate epee (all ages)

    5-6 pm                 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   

    11:30 - 1 pm       Saturday

Advanced Intermediate/Advanced Epee

     6-7:30 pm          Tuesday, Thursday                           Youth

     7:30-9 pm          Tuesday, Thursday                                                                                                                   Cadets/Juniors/Adults

Elite Epee (requires coach approval)

     5:30-7:30           Wednesday & Friday                      By Invite

Saber Classes

Beginning Saber

     4:30-5:30 pm    Monday, Wednesday                     All Ages

     10-11:30 am       Saturday                                           All Ages

Competitive Saber

    5:30-7 pm         Monday, Wednesday                      All Ages

     6-7:30               Friday                                                 All Ages

 Future Olympians Program

Friday, 5-6 pm; Saturday, 9-10 am, ages 8-10 and 11-12.

No experience required! We are now open for registration for future World Champions and Junior Olympians! Coach Atilio is seeking students who want to train competitively to participate in local, regional, national, and world events. This program begins with an eight-week commitment, and is focused on athlete development as a competitive fencer. Please call us for more information or email Coach Atilio to join in this lifetime opportunity.  Enrollment is open now, and spaces are limited. 

 Fencing is a sport great for making new friends, being part of a team, and building a lifelong activity for all ages.

Fencing is a sport great for making new friends, being part of a team, and building a lifelong activity for all ages.

Open Fencing

Open fencing takes place four evenings a week and is included in all WFA memberships. If you have had at least a beginning fencing course, you're welcome to join us for any of these sessions:

Open Fencing (All Weapons)

7:30-9pm           Tuesday, Thursday          15+

Open Saber Fencing

5:30-7pm          Monday, Wednesday        All ages

Open Epee Fencing

6-7:30 pm         Tuesday, Thursday, Fri    Youth

7:30-9pm          Friday                                   15+

Private Lessons & Coaching

Fencers who have had at least beginning and intermediate training often find private lessons valuable in helping them build their fencing skills and succeed competitively. Private lessons with specific coaches and instructors are available for WFA member fencers (see Private Lessons). "Strip coaching" at local, regional, and national tournaments is also available. Please inquire with one of our coaches or staff for more information. 

Rates & Membership

We offer automatic monthly billing to ensure your account is managed professionally and accurately.

Bronze Membership, $135/month: Includes one class per week (any class you would like to take) and open fencing. 

Silver Membership, $185/month: Includes two classes per week (your choice) and open fencing. 

Gold Membership, $225/month: All you can fence. Come to as many classes as you like, any time they are taking place. Includes open fencing. 

Other Options:

  • Open fencing only: $75/month

  • Equipment rental: $35/month

  • Non-WFA discount "friendship" rate: $50 for members of local (Seattle-Tacoma area) clubs

  • Drop-in/floor fee: $10/session (for non-WFA visiting fencers)

Discounts are available for multiple members of the same family. Please inquire when you sign up. 

Changes in Membership: If you would like to freeze, cancel, or change your membership or classes, please let us know in writing. For cancellations, you need to give us a one-month notice in writing. You can email us here.

Note: There is a $50 sign-up fee upon registration for new members or returning members who have canceled membership.

 Fencing is great for kids, teens, and adults. Coach Zsuzsi is great working with beginning duelists!

Fencing is great for kids, teens, and adults. Coach Zsuzsi is great working with beginning duelists!

 WFA saber coach and veteran competitor Mark Lundborg with son Garrett Lundborg.

WFA saber coach and veteran competitor Mark Lundborg with son Garrett Lundborg.