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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 head fencing coach at Brown University for 18 years. All of our coaches are certified under USA Fencing, the national governing body of the sport.
All memberships are monthly and renew automatically at the previous level each month. Your coaches can help you decide when it is time to move up to the next level of training. When you are ready to move to the next level or want to increase or decrease the number of classes you want to attend, just let us know and we will update your account in the system.
Not sure if fencing is for you? Check out our section on Free Trials!
We offer beginner level classes in saber and epee. Our beginner classes focus on teaching the basics of fencing: footwork, balance and form, blade position, and offensive and defensive actions for the individual weapon. Beginning classes are 50 minutes in length.
You are welcome to join any of our scheduled beginner classes. Our weekday beginner classes are geared towards younger students, while the Saturday classes are great for both youth as well as teen and adult students. Don’t have your own equipment? Don’t worry! You can rent equipment through the WFA for an additional charge, just be sure to select a membership option including equipment rental when you register. 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 or contact our administrator.
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.
Thursday: 5:30-6:20 (youth)
Saturday: 11-11:50am (all ages)
Saturday: 9-9:50am (ages 7-12)
10-10:50 (teen & adult)
Once you’ve got the basics down and you’re looking to up your game or to get into competing, it might be time to start attending intermediate classes. Intermediate level classes introduce students to bouting, and focus on instruction in higher-level body mechanics, timing, distance, tactics and control. These classes also include more bouting than beginning classes. Intermediate classes are divided by age; students should plan to have their own training equipment.
If you think you might be ready to take the next step, talk to your instructor.
Tuesday 5:30-6:50 & Thursday 6:30-7:50 (Y10/Y12)
Tuesday & Friday 7-8:20 (Y14/Cdt/Jr)
Monday & Wednesday 4:30-5:50 (Y10/Y12)
Monday & Wednesday 6:00-7:20 (Y14/Cdt/Jr)
Competitive Classes - WFA Competitive Team
When you are ready to compete, consider trying out for the WFA Regional Team. Team members should be ready for, or already attending, intermediate-level classes. Competitive classes are dedicated to improving competitive bouting by our Team Members. Enrolling in the Team program requires a three-month commitment, during which time the student agrees to a minimum of three days of training each week (intermediate level classes plus team-specific competitive class), and competing at predetermined local and regional tournaments, where they represent the WFA. The Competitive class is for Team members, students who are planning to join the team during this season, or by invite of the instructor.
If you are interested in joining the WFA Regional Team, please talk to your coach so they can assess your readiness.
You may e-mail Angie for more information. More information can be found in the Team Info section.
Trimester 1: September 15 through December 15
Trimester 2: December 15 through March 15
Trimester 3: March 15 through June 15
Open fencing sessions are all about practicing your bouting. It’s the time to come and practice, practice, practice. Open fencing is not considered a group lesson, and is included in your membership. If you’ve progressed to the point of taking intermediate group lessons, this is a great opportunity to practice what you are learning in class.
If you are an advanced beginner who wants more practice, talk to your coach to see if you are ready to join open fencing sessions.
Saber Open Fencing: Monday & Wednesday 5:30-7 pm
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