"Zeta Fencing has had a very positive influence on my 13-year-old daughter; she has gained confidence, poise and strength from her experience with fencing at Zeta. What we love: There are no participation awards. The coaching staff are supportive and targeted in their approach, they push her to be the best she can be, while still making it fun. All her successes are earned by hard work and diligence.

Tate, parent

"Our experience with Zeta has been great.  My son really enjoys the structure and mutual respect that is created, the great coaches, and the friendships he has formed."

Brian, parent

... Where Beginners Learn the Fundamentals of Sabre Fencing

Our beginner classes introduce new fencers to the Olympic sport of fencing. A fencer's first steps on the fencing strip are the most important ones they will ever take in the sport. Through a combination of individual lessons and small group classes, students learn the fundamental concepts and movements quickly and thoroughly. Our unique teaching methods have produced national champions, NCAA champions, world champions, and Olympians. Zeta Fencing's approach to teaching follows these principles:

  • Starting age 7: Fencing is a sport for students of all ages. Our coaches focus on safety and fun for all.
  • Age-appropriate teaching: Classes are  separated for different youth age groups and adult beginners. Coaches adapt their teaching methods to the age and maturity of their students. All classes are taught with “real,” Olympic-style fencing weapons and uniforms.
  • Small groups: Class size is limited to 12 students to ensure that student receive individual attention while engaging in partner exercises.
  • Individual lessons: Our expert coaches work with students one-on-one to teach the foundational movements.
  • Sportsmanship and Olympic values: All classes instill the traditions and values of the Olympic sport of fencing. Our fencers practice true sportsmanship and become supportive teammates.

Beginner Class Packages

A beginner session consists of 3 individual 20-minute lessons with a coach and 4 group classes which are 90 minutes long. Classes are mixed by gender. New students may join at the start of each session. After students have completed three beginner sessions, they are considered intermediate level students.

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.

The class is offered for four different age groups: Youth 1 (born 2013-2016), Youth 2 (born 2011-2014), and Youth 3 (born 2008-2012). Fencers born in 2007 and older should join the Adult Beginner Class.

Class Times and Fees

Youth 1 (YOB 2013-2016): Monday 4:30 - 6pm 

Space limited for Session 3! Youth 2 (YOB 2011-2014): Saturday 1 - 2:30pm

CLASS FULL for Session 3! Youth 3 (YOB 2008-2012): Wednesday 4:30 - 6pm

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

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

Beginner Package (second family member): $280

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)

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 choose your payment option on the online Registration Form.

We ask all fencers and parents 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 after 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.