Class and Program Overview

FENCING CLASSES AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

An overview describing the progression of our Classes and Training Programs is shown below. The Indianapolis Fencing Club has been training fencers for over 40 years.  Our goal is to provide an affordable program that enables our students and members to effectively and continuously improve their skills.

Fencing is an Olympic sport that has hundreds of years of tradition.  It provides excellent exercise for both the body and the mind (it is often called “physical chess”).  It is a life time sport that can be enjoyed by both men and women of all ages.  Competitive opportunities at the local, regional, and national level are numerous for those that want to compete.  Or you can just fence for some fun and exercise.  It is an excellent way for students to differentiate themselves from their peers when applying for college admission.

Fencing 1 (Beginning Foil) Class

The first class in our series is the Beginning Fencing Class.  This six week class utilizes the foil to teach the basics of fencing. We supply all of the equipment, allowing students to try the sport without having to make a large investment. Classes are announced in “Register for Beginners Classes” panel on our home page.  Students are required to be at least 8 years of age for safety reasons.

Fencing 2 (Beginning Épée) Class

The second class in our series is the Beginning Épée Class.  This six week class teaches the basics of épée fencing, building on the skills learned in Beginning Fencing.  Students are required to be at least 8 years of age for safety reasons. The class uses electric épées and fencing strips, giving students the opportunity to experience the competitive fencing environment.  All of the equipment is provided.  Classes are announced in the “Register for Beginners Classes” panel  on our home page.

Beginning Epee Class

This is a new class offered by the Indianapolis Fencing Club. You will learn to fence utilizing the epee. The epee is the fencing equivalent of the European dueling weapon. This more intense class is comprised of 6 weekly sessions and each session is an hour and a half long. All fencing equipment is provided. You will learn the basics of epee fencing, including footwork, bladework, and tactics. The minimum age is 9 years and the cost is $149. The classes will include warm-ups, footwork/bladework drills, training in epee skills, and bouting. Electronic scoring equipment is used to provide students with a realistic tournament environment. No previous experience is necessary. Classes are announced in the “Register for Beginners Classes” panel  on our home page.

Intermediate Foil and Épée Programs

After completing the two beginning classes, students who wish to continue to fence are encouraged to join the Indianapolis Fencing Club.  Members are eligible to enroll in the Intermediate Foil and/or Epee programs (additional cost).  Participants in these programs must provide their own full set of electric fencing equipment.

The Intermediate Training Programs are targeted at beginning to intermediate fencers and consist of coach-led group warm-ups, stretching, and footwork/bladework drills; training in 12 skill sets,and structured bouts in various tactical situations.  These programs are, in effect, on-going group training sessions designed to help fencers continue to improve their skills. 

The Intermediate Foil Program is offered on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

The Intermediate Épée Program is offered on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Individual Lessons

The final piece of our training program consists of individual lessons.  Individual one-on-one instruction can greatly accelerate a student’s progress toward reaching their goals.  Private lessons are offered for every level of ability from beginners to advanced competitive fencers.  Private lessons are offered at an additional cost and may be scheduled with the Coach of your choice. Please discuss the cost and details with your Coach.

Please contact your Coach or the IFC (indyfencing@gmail.com) if you have any questions about any of our Classes or Training Programs.