Program Guide

Introductory Programs

ProgramClasses per WeekProgram DescriptionEquipment
Program One
(Tryout)

This program applies to all ages.

1 x 1.5 hours

Days & Times vary depending on age.
This is a free tryout class where the student experiences a typical fencing class and becomes familiar with the sport of fencing and the clubs atmosphere. While the student is participating in class, the coach uses this opportunity to analyze the student's coordination, analytical skills, and athletic ability based on which the coach will recommend the student to Program 2, or directly to Program 3/4. After participating in the tryout class, the student can decide if fencing is a sport they are interested in pursuing or not.

Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.
All equipment provided by IFA.
Program Two
(Novice)

This program is for ages 10 and younger.

2 x 1 hours

Mon. & Wed.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Two week course.
This novice program is designed for students who have no prior fencing experience. Students are introduced to the sport of fencing—topics covered include the history of fencing, etiquette, basic footwork, blade work techniques, and the rules of the sport. A typical class structure will include warm up activities, developmental games, footwork, and drills with a partner.

Upon completion, students have an understanding of what fencing is all about and should be able to perform basic movements and actions such as: salute, on guard, advance, retreat, lunge, and basic attacking and defensive techniques and actions.

Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.
All equipment provided by IFA.

Membership Programs

Programs three and up require an IFA membership and as such become eligible for private lessons. Please carefully review the following membership policies and terms:

  • Application: membership at IFA starts with a one-time administration and account set up fee of $99.00, payable by check to “International Fencing Academy”.
  • Billing Authorization: IFA will automatically charge your credit card for the amount of your program membership, and your total charges will appear on your credit card statement.  IFA memberships are billed on the 1st of each month.  
  • Term: Unlike industry standards, IFA does not have any minimum period or long-term contracts. IFA memberships are on a month-to-month basis. Members may stop, skip a month, resume, or cancel their membership at any time simply by submitting a written request via email to: infor@internationalfencing.org, by the 15th of the month prior to your departure month. 
  • Savings: Families with more than one fencer receive a 10% discount off the monthly tuition for the second fencer and 5% off for each additional fencer after that!

 

ProgramClasses per WeekProgram DescriptionEquipment
Program Three
(Beginner Foil)



This program is for ages 10 and younger.

2 x 1.5 hours

Mon. & Wed.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Beginners program is an ongoing program for students with basic fencing experience. Fencers must first participate in a tryout class and if necessary complete Program 2.

In addition to the topics covered in Program 2, fencers will continue to work on basic techniques while learning new skills. Moreover, the fencer will improve his/her form, technique and tactics, and gain a deeper understanding of the sport through footwork and blade work exercises, partner drills, and fencing others (“bouting”). In addition, beginners will gain an understanding of the decision-making process needed and the concepts of attack, defense, and counter-attack. Upon completion of this level, the fencer will have an idea on what it takes to become a competitor.

  • One private lesson is recommended and offered in this program.

  • Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Equipment provided by IFA for the first three months.

Fencer should start purchasing personal electrical equipment by the third month into the program.
Program Four
(Beginner Epee)


This program is for ages 13 and younger.

2 x 1.5 hours

Tue. & Thu.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Beginners program is an ongoing program for students with basic fencing experience. Fencers must first participate in a tryout class and if necessary complete Program 2.

In addition to the topics covered in Program 2, fencers will continue to work on basic techniques while learning new skills. Moreover, the fencer will improve his/her form, technique and tactics, and gain a deeper understanding of the sport through footwork and blade work exercises, partner drills, and fencing others (“bouting”). In addition, they will gain an understanding of the decision-making process needed and the concepts of attack, defense, and counter attack. Upon completion of this level, the fencer will have an idea on what it takes to become a competitor.

  • One private lesson is recommended and offered in this program.

  • Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Equipment provided by IFA for the first three months.

Fencer should start purchasing personal electrical equipment by the third month into the program.
Program Five
(Intermediate Foil)


This program is for ages 13 and younger. Exception at head coach’s discretion.

3 x 1.5 hours

Mon. & Wed.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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Saturday
10:00 am – 11:30am
The Intermediate program is the next step up for fencers who wish to continue and start competing in the sport. Promotion to this program from the Beginner program depends on the individual development of the fencer, typically after 6-9 months into the Beginner program. Exceptions are at the head coach’s discretion.

In this program, fencers continue to work on perfecting their fundamentals, while learning new skills and more complex tactics. Class structure includes warm up, stretching, footwork, blade work, coordination, partner drills, and bouting. Here the fencer will start learning more complex tactics and focusing on building a healthy, athletic body and improving reflexes. Fencers at this level may choose to participate in local competitions.

  • One to two private lessons per week are strongly recommended, especially for fencers who wish to compete.

  • Workout attire with fencing knickers, long socks, athletic or fencing shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.



Must have complete competition ready personal electrical equipment.
Program Six
(Intermediate Epee)


This program is for ages 13 and younger. Exception at head coach’s discretion.

3 x 1.5 hours

Tue. & Thur.
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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Saturday
10:00 am – 11:30 pm
The Intermediate program is the next step up for fencers who wish to continue and start competing in the sport. Promotion to this program from the Beginner program depends on the individual development of the fencer, typically after 6-9 months into the Beginner program. Exceptions are at the head coach’s discretion.

In this program, fencers continue to work on perfecting their fundamentals, while learning new skills and more complex tactics. Class structure includes warm up, stretching, footwork, blade work, coordination, partner drills, and bouting. Here the fencer will start learning more complex tactics and focus on building a healthy, athletic body and improving reflexes. Fencers at this level may choose to participate in local competitions.

  • One to two private lessons per week are strongly recommended, especially for fencers who wish to compete.

  • Workout attire with fencing knickers, long socks, athletic or fencing shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.

Must have complete competition ready personal electrical equipment.
Program Seven
(Beginner – Intermediate Epee)


This program is for ages 14 and older.

2 x 2 hours

Mon. & Wed.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This is a Beginner to Intermediate class for late starters (fencers who developed an interest in fencing after the age of 13). Students will be introduced to the sport of fencing—Topics covered include basic footwork, blade work techniques, and the rules of the sport. A typical class structure will include, warm up, stretching, footwork, blade work, coordination & partner drills, and bouting.

Upon completion of this course the fencer will have an idea of what it takes to be a competitor and if they would like to start competing at local competitions.

  • One private lesson is recommended and offered in this program.

  • Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Equipment provided by IFA for the first three month.

Fencer should start purchasing personal electrical equipment by the third month into the program.
Program Eight
(Advanced)


This program is for ages 13 and older. Exception at head coach’s discretion.

2 x 2 + 1 x 2.5 hours

Tue. & Thu.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Saturday
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
This is a competitive program designed for competitive fencers competing at the National level. In this program, the fencer should have a good understanding of basic footwork, tactics, and workouts. Now they move into more advanced strength and conditioning exercises to further develop athletic capabilities and reflexes.

Here they will also start working on attacks, feints, and defenses. Class structure in this program includes footwork, blade work, coordination and conditioning exercises, technical, tactical drills, as well as, timing drills. Promotion to this program is usually after being in the Intermediate program for a minimum of 6 to 18 months. Exceptions are at the head coach’s discretion.

  • This program offers longer training hours per day, and up to 3 days a week.

  • Up to three private lessons per week are highly recommended at this level.

  • Workout attire with fencing knickers, long socks, athletic or fencing shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.

Must have complete competition ready personal electrical equipment.
Program Nine
(Elite)


This program is for ages 13 and older. Exception at head coach’s discretion.

4 x 2 + 1 x 2.5 hours


Mon. to Thu.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Saturday
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
This is an advanced competitive program customized for the individual serious competitive fencer competing at the National and International level. At this level, the fencer is expected to have mastered the basic footwork, tactics, and workouts. Now they move into more advanced strength and conditioning exercises to further develop athletic capabilities and reflexes.

Class structure in this program includes footwork, blade work, coordination and conditioning exercises, technical and tactical drills, timing and reverse timing drills, along with an annual training schedule (competition, training, and other) to support the fencer in reaching his/her personal goals. Here they will also start working on complex attacks, feints, and defenses. Promotion to this program is usually after being in the intermediate program a minimum of 6 to 18 months. Exceptions are at the head coach’s discretion.

  • This program offers longer training hours per day, and up to 5 days a week.

  • Up to four private lessons per week are highly recommended at this level.

  • Workout attire with fencing knickers, long socks, athletic or fencing shoes, and a refillable water bottle are required.


Must have complete competition ready personal electrical equipment.
Program Ten
(Fitness & Recreation)


This program is for fencers over 21 years old.

Up to 4 x 1.5 hour

Mon. through Thur.
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
This program is designed for adult fencers, whether returning fencers or total beginners starting something new. It is a fun and challenging activity that develops the general mental, physical aspects, and reflexes of the participant through fun sword play and fencing exercises.

  • Workout attire with long sweat pants, athletic shoes and a refillable water bottle are required.

Equipment provided by IFA for the first three months.

Fencer should start purchasing personal electrical equipment by the third month into the program.