How old does a fencer have to be to start fencing?
We start fencers at 9 in the Youth Fencing Program. Fencing requires safety equipment that is made to certain sizes. Some children may be too small to properly fit. Though we understand the excitement fencing offers young children, it may be appropriate to wait in some cases. Fencers 12 and up begin in our regular epee class.
When can I start?
We start beginners all year round. The only condition is that fencers contact us before coming to arrange a start day. We give our full attention to new fencers (often with one-to-one instruction the first time) and this requires preparation.
What do I need?
Sneakers and gym clothes (preferably long sweatpants or running pants). SITS will provide equipment temporarily until fencers get settled and feel they will continue to fence.
When are classes held and how often can I go?
Fencers are encouraged to attend more than once a week. To find a class time, visit our classes page.
What would be a good class for me?
Our approach to fencing is unique. Classes are run as group instruction, combining ages and skill levels through individual and paired drills. One exception is the Youth Fencing Program. This class is for younger fencers, age 9-11. During regular classes, fencers are usually paired with fencers of similar size, and often with a more advanced fencer in order to help both learn the skill. Beginners benefit from the advanced student's modeling and better control for safety. Advanced students will improve through the act of teaching and reviewing skills, focusing on fine details, drills which incorporate more complex strategy, and refining their techniques in bouting. Most advanced students progress through private lessons and attending open bouting frequently.
Is fencing safe?
Yes! Statistically, fencing is one of the safest contact sports. Studies show fencing is safer than baseball, soccer, and football. However, make no mistake; fencing involves contact. Though gear is designed to protect from injury, bruises are common. One cannot fence without hitting or getting hit. That said, injuries requiring any medical attention are very rare.
What does it cost?
The first class will cost nothing if you decide after the class that fencing isn't your game. Costs differ based on type of class and payment schedule. Please contact us to discuss this in detail and to arrange a time to visit.