Learn to fence at Red Door Fencing!

We offer beginner classes for kids, teens, and adults. Our current format is 6-week sessions that meet one night per week for an hour, held periodically (4-6 sessions per year). Cost is $60 and all equipment is provided. Have fun, make friends, learn a new sport!

Online registration for the next session will be featured on the home page when available.

Youth Beginner Fencing

Our kids’ beginner class is designed so that children ages 8-12 can build up some basic skills before practicing with the more experienced kids. Beginner kids learn safety, terminology, rules, and basic actions through games, drills, and practice matches (“bouting” in fencerspeak). We follow a similar structure to the regular Youth Epee practice: we start with footwork, focusing on balance and coordination, then we put on our gear and work on basic actions, with a focus on mechanics and technique, and we usually finish with practice matches where we try to apply the skills we just worked on.

All equipment is provided. Students should wear comfortable athletic clothes, specifically pants that allow full range of motion (no shorts!) and close-toed shoes.

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Beginner fencers watch the coaches demonstrate the next drill. Photo by Edward Bignar.

Teen/Adult Beginner Fencing

Our beginner class for ages 13+ is designed so new fencers can build up some basic skills before practicing with the more experienced group. Beginners learn safety, terminology, rules, and basic actions through games, drills, and practice matches (“bouting” in fencerspeak). In a typical practice, we start with footwork, focusing on balance and coordination, then we put on our gear and work on basic actions, with a focus on mechanics and technique, and we usually finish with practice matches where we try to apply the skills we just worked on.

All equipment is provided. Students should wear comfortable athletic clothes, specifically pants that allow full range of motion (no shorts, jeans not recommended as they’re usually too restrictive) and close-toed shoes.

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Beginner fencers pose in their gear after a fun day of fencing.

Q: What happened to your 2-hour Learn to Fence classes?

A: We have moved away from the “2-hour crash course” format for a couple of reasons: it’s really hard for most people to do a physical activity they’re not used to for 2 hours straight, even when we take frequent breaks to talk about various aspects of the sport, and we’ve found it’s helpful to have more experienced fencers practicing concurrently so new fencers become familiar with our club culture, can connect with more people, and have more opportunities to learn. We’re always thinking about how we can make sure those new to the sport get the most out of their experience!