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 on the electric apparatus.

Most of our Beginning classes teach foil fencing. We also have a beginning épée class for kids and juniors. We accept new beginners at the start of every month, September through June. 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.

When are beginning classes?

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 much does it cost?

The fee for a beginning group class is $140 per month, $90 for short months (December and June). There are no initiation or signup fees, and no obligation to continue past the first month. If you decide you like it, continuing classes are $155 per month.

Class fees include use of all equipment during class times, plus you can participate in open fencing practices. You can use our electric gear during open fencing and tournaments for an additional $35/month.

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?

Group classes are the best way to learn beginning fencing, and the most fun for kids. Private lessons don’t offer the variety of partners to practice with or the opportunity to spar with other students at your level.

Can I take a trial class?

We don’t currently offer trial classes, mostly because it takes more than one class to get to the fun part! Our one-month beginning class is designed to be an introduction to the sport, with no obligation to continue past the first month if you decide it’s not for you.