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 weekday 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?

The following schedule is effective December 1st, 2021. The Beginning Kids and Beginning Junior classes may switch days again later in the season.

  • Ages 8-11
  • Kids Foil
  • Monday/Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Ages 11-16
  • Junior Foil
  • Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:30 PM
  • Ages 16 and up
  • Adult Foil
  • Monday/Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 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 in each class is limited, so sign up early! 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 $190. After two months of classes, you can purchase your own equipment or continue to rent club equipment for $25/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?

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.