Beginning Classes

Our Beginning class is a one-month introduction to the sport of fencing. We start with stance and footwork, weapon safety, and basic technique. By the end of the month, you’ll have learned some simple tactics and get to spar with the other students.

Our Beginning classes teach foil fencing. All of our classes meet twice a week. After completing one month of the Beginning class, you can move to the Continuing class in the same weapon.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, we are limiting class sizes to 5 students per session. All COVID-19 mitigation measures (masking, distancing, etc.) are in place.

When are beginning classes?

  • Ages 8-11
  • Kids Foil
  • Starting July 6: Monday/Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 PM
  • Ages 11-16
  • Junior Foil
  • Starting July 6: Monday/Wednesday, 4:00-4:50 PM

Free Trial Class

We offer a free trial class on Fridays, depending on coaches’ schedules. Get a one-hour introduction to the basics of the uniform, how to do footwork and handle the weapon, with no further obligation. Check out the schedule on the Free Trial page on our membership portal. Note, space is very limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you reserve a space and find you’re unable to attend, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow someone else to sign up.

What do I need to start?

We provide all fencing-related equipment as part of the class. You should wear a T-shirt, long pants such as sweat pants or athletic warmups, and clean athletic shoes (no street shoes). Slip-on style “athletic” shoes do not provide enough lateral support and are unsuitable for fencing.

When you decide it’s time to get your own gear, Rain City Fencing Center also sells new fencing equipment. A basic four-piece uniform costs approximately $150.

How do I sign up?

We offer online registration for all of our classes. Visit our membership portal to get started.

Can I start with private lessons?

While group classes are the best way to learn beginning fencing, and the most fun for kids, we do offer private lessons as an alternative for beginners. We recommend starting with a block of four lessons to gauge the student’s interest level. Send us an email to inquire about coach availability.