"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 would like to try it yourself - we are happy to teach you as well. Whatever your reasons, it is never too late to start fencing. Our adult classes are intended for fencers ages 18+.
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 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.
In the fall, we offer one adult class for students ranging from Adult Beginner (students without any prior knowledge) to Adult Advanced (students who have prior experience). Depending on the level of interest, we may eventually split the class into different ability levels.
Students who don't own their equipment borrow a complete set of personal fencing equipment for the duration of each session in exchange for a fully refundable security deposit. For safety reasons students are required to wear clean fencing shoes, long loose-fitting sweat pants and a T-shirt during class. Please read our full guidelines here.
Beginning fencers will learn the fundamental skills of fencing involved in all three disciplines of fencing (épée, foil, sabre). They will eventually focus on sabre. Each session consists of seven weekly classes. New students are welcome to join at the beginning of each new session.
Advanced fencer have mastered the basic skills of footwork and blade work. They are ready to learn more advanced fencing techniques and develop a basic understanding of sabre refereeing and bouting strategies.
All adult encers also have the option to take private lessons and to participate in Open Bouting (for a daily floor fee).
Class Times and Fees
Zeta Fencing is moving to 200 Homer Avenue in Ashland in late October.
Registration is OPEN for all sessions (unless otherwise indicated).
Adult: Saturday 11am - 12:30pm (Session 1: 6 spots available)
Cost per 7 - week session: $300 (one class/week)
Open Bouting: Friday 5 - 9pm (floor fee $20/day)
We offer a family discount for all our classes. The first family member pays the full price, every additional family member receives a 25% discount on class fees. If family members are participating in programs with different fees, the higher-priced program has to be paid in full. The family discount is applied to the lower-priced program.
Cost per 7 - week session for second family member: $225 (one class/week)
Session Schedule 2021/22
New fencers may join at the beginning of each session.
- SESSION 1: Wednesday, September 8 – Tuesday, October 26, 2021 (Registration CLOSED)
- SESSION 2: Wednesday, October 27 – Tuesday, December 21, 2021 (no classes during Thanksgiving break: Monday, November 22 – Sunday, November 28, 2021) (Registration OPEN)
- SESSION 3: Monday, January 3 – Saturday, February 19, 2022
- SESSION 4: Monday, February 28 – Saturday, April 16, 2022
- SESSION 5: Monday, April 25 – Monday, June 13, 2022 (no classes on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022)
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. A non-competitive membership costs $10 per year. Find more information and detailed instructions here.
- 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, PayPal’s processing fees will be automatically deducted from the total amount of your payment refund. The amount you receive will be reduced by the processing fee determined by PayPal.