Membership

If you’ve never fenced before, are new to Des Moines, or are coming back to the sport after a hiatus, you are welcome to stop by during one of our regular practice times to see how things work at our club.

If you decide you’d like to join, it’s pretty simple. For $40 per month, an individual may attend as many age-appropriate practices as they wish. We offer instruction in epee, one of the three Olympic fencing weapons (the others being foil and saber). We currently accept new students any time. We collect dues during the first week of practice each month, and we accept cash, check, or credit card.

To register as a regular member, please fill out the form below:

New Fencer Registration Form

(On-site registration available as well.)

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Some of the RDF gang before the Open event at our Equinox Epee tournament.

Other Costs

Tournaments:

Everyone who wants to fence in tournaments will need to join USA Fencing, as membership is required for almost all the tournaments we attend. We highly encourage all of our fencers to compete at some level. The current membership season runs Aug. 1, 2017-July 31, 2018 and the cost of a competitive membership is $75.

Tournament entry fees usually range from about $20 for smaller/local events, to upwards of $100 for national-level competitions.

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RDF fencers take 1st and 3rd in Women’s Epee at the 2014 Sioux City Challenge

Equipment:

RDF provides some equipment for members’ use at no extra charge, but purchasing your own equipment is strongly recommended, once you decide what you like. We have more information available at the club, and coaches and more experienced fencers are always happy to help figure out what gear is right for you. It’s always much more comfortable to fence in your own personal gear rather than borrowing from the club.

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Lessons

Private lessons are available to all of our members and are currently done on a somewhat informal basis. We have designated some time on Wednesday nights for lessons in order to increase availability and consistency.

Epee lesson

Day Camps, Clinics, and Special Events

Contact us or check the announcement on the home page.

Past Events:

July 29-30, 2017: Coaching Workshop with Gary Copeland from Northern Colorado Fencers

July 26-28, 2017: Youth Epee Day Camp with Gary Copeland from NCF

November 12, 2016: “Div 1.5” Training Event for D & Up Fencers – FREE!

May 2-3, 2015: Competitive Epee Camp with Gary Copeland from Northern Colorado Fencers

Sept. 13-14, 2014: Referee Clinic with Jon Moss – FREE for USA Fencing members (Iowa Division only), $75 for everyone else.

Floor fees (for non-members)

Cost: $5/day per person

Fencers visiting from out of town, please contact us. Floor fees are not charged for day camps, clinics, and special events.