"Fencing with my son at Zeta has brought us closer.  And it has been a fun, exciting and challenging way to stay fit, learn new skills, and make lifelong friends."

Frank, adult fencer & parent

... Where Adults Discover a New Sport or Return to It

Fencing is truly a sport for all ages. If you have fenced before and would like to return to the sport in adulthood  - we have a class for you. If you just found out about fencing for the first time, or if you have a child who has discovered the sport and now you would like to try it yourself - we are happy to teach you! Whatever your reasons, it is never too late to start fencing. Our adult classes are for fencers ages 16+ (i.e. born in 2007 or earlier).

Adult classes are mixed by age and gender. Perhaps most importantly, adult fencers learn in a fun, safe, and supportive environment that balances conditioning, fitness, and learning fencing skills. Weekly classes lasts 90 minutes because fencers have to develop various, very different skill sets. In every class, students work on agility and fitness, footwork, bladework, and bouting strategies. Class size is limited to guarantee that every fencer receives the individual attention needed to master the complex sport of fencing. Adult fencers may fence at the recreational level or they may choose to progress to the competitive level, competing locally and nationally when they are ready to do so.

All classes are taught with “real,” Olympic-style fencing weapons and uniforms.

 

Adult Classes

We offer two levels of adult classes: one for Adult Beginners (students with little or no prior knowledge) and one for Adult Advanced fencers (who should have had about 6 months of prior fencing instruction).

Adult Beginner Classes

New students must enroll in the introductory package consisting of 3 individual 20-minute lessons with a coach and 4 group classes which are 90 minutes long. The private lessons must be completed during the session. Classes are mixed by gender.

Continuing students may choose the 3 lesson & 4 class package or just the 4 class package.

Students receive a complete set of personal fencing equipment for the duration of each session by paying a fully refundable equipment deposit. For safety reasons, students are required to wear clean indoor sneakers, long loose-fitting sweat pants and a T-shirt during class. Please read our full dress guidelines here.

Fencers born in 2007 and older should join the Adult Beginner Class.

Class Times and Fees

Adult Beginner (YOB 2007 and older): Saturday 11am - 12:30pm

Introductory Package: $350 (3 x 20-minute individual lessons  & 4 x 90-minute weekly group classes)

Introductory Package (second family member): $280 (3 x 20-minute individual lessons  & 4 x 90-minute weekly group classes)

Beginner Class (for continuing students only): $200 (4 x 90-minute weekly group classes)

Beginner Class (for second family member, continuing students only): $160 (4 x 90-minute weekly group classes)

Equipment Deposit: $300 (fully refundable)

Discount: After the first family member pays the full program price; every additional family member receives the second family member discount rate. If family members participate in programs with different fees, the family member enrolled in the lower-priced program pays the discount rate.

Session Schedule 2023/24

New fencers join at the beginning of each session.

  • SESSION 3:
    Wednesday, January 3 – Monday, January 29, 2024
  • SESSION 4:
    Wednesday, January 31 – Monday, March 4, 2024 (no classes during February break: Monday, February 19 - Saturday, February 24, 2024)
  • SESSION 5:
    Wednesday, March 6 – Monday, April 1, 2024
  • SESSION 6:
    Wednesday, April 3 – Monday, May 6, 2024 (no classes during April break: Monday, April 15 - Saturday, April 20, 2024)
  • SESSION 7:
    Wednesday, May 8 – Monday, June 10, 2024 (no class on Memorial Day, May 27, 2024)

Adult Advanced Class

This class is ongoing. Advanced fencers have mastered the basic skills of footwork and blade work. All students in this class are required to own their equipment. They are ready to learn more advanced fencing techniques and develop an understanding of sabre refereeing and bouting strategies. All adult advanced fencers have the option to take weekly private lessons. They are also encouraged to compete in Senior and Veteran events, depending on their age group.  Advanced Adult fencers pay the yearly club membership (family discounts available) which includes enrollment in the Combined Advanced Class and unlimited Open Bouting. Classes are ongoing from September to June.

Class Time: Saturday 11-12:30

4-Class Package: $250

Discount: The first family member pays the full price; every additional family member receives second family member rate. If family members participate in programs with different fees, the higher-priced program has to be paid in full. The family member enrolled in the lower-priced program is eligible for the lower priced fee.

Combined Competitive Class: Friday 5:30 6:30PM

Open Bouting: Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm

Classes start the week of September 5, 2023.

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Club Closures

All classes end the week of June 29th, 2024.

The club is closed on the following dates:

Labor Day (September 4, 2023)

Thanksgiving (November 23-25, 2023)

Christmas/New Year (December 25, 2023-January 1, 2024)

February vacation (February 19-25, 2024)

April vacation (April 15 - 21, 2024)

Class cancellations due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond our control will always be communicated in a timely manner via email and social media.

Registration

In order to register, please provide:

  • Completed registration form: Please use the Registration Button below.
  • Proof of USA Fencing membership: Our insurance requires that all students become members of USA Fencing. An Access Membership costs $29/year and is valid until 7/31/2024.
  • Payment: Please indicate your payment option on the online Registration Form.

We ask all fencers to read and acknowledge Zeta Fencing’s Code of Conduct. By signing a registration form, you agree to its terms.

Class spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis once a complete registration with full payment and proof of USA Fencing membership has been received.

There are no refunds after the first class meeting; however, partial credits may be issued toward future programs. If you have to request a refund before the first class meeting, a $50 processing fee will be automatically deducted from the total amount of your payment refund.