The Beginners program is for fencers who have completed the Introduction to Fencing Program, Beginner Fencing Summer Camp or fenced before and need to refresh their skills. Beginner level fencing groups are conducted either in foil or epee.

  • Work on improving hand – and footwork
  • Better distance control
  • Improving technical skills
  • Increased fencing with electrical fencing equipment
  • Better understanding of fencing rules
  • Increased work in pairs during fencing exercises
  • Better offensive and defensive skills
  • Initial understanding of fencing tactics
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At this level, you will need to purchase your own fencing equipment. The initial equipment might cost you about
$600, depending on the brand and specific items you need to purchase.

The AFM staff can help you choose fencing gear and purchase your equipment, so it will be best tailored to your needs and budget.

Program Duration

In general, our Beginner Level fencing class lasts 6 to 9 months, but the coaches will decide when to recommend moving the fencer on to the next level of advanced fencing based on athlete’s readiness (in physical, competence and mental levels).

Program Structure

This Beginner fencing program consists of 1 group class per week, which are 1.5 hour long each.

It is recommended that you begin to take private fencing lessons when you start the class.

Each group lesson in this Beginner level fencing class starts with a warm up, in which our coaches implement elements of a game depending of the age of the class. After warming up, the fencers will work on different elements of technique, drills, foot and hand work, target work, work in pairs and of course fence using the electric equipment.

Program Cost

The cost of the Beginner Fencing Program is $225/month.

There is one-time signup fee of $50

Schedule – Campbell

Class typeSchedule
Beginner Youth Foil – 1 Wednesday: 2:30pm-4pm
Beginner Youth Foil – 2Saturday: 3pm-4:30pm
Beginner Youth Epee – 1 Saturday: 9am-10:30am
Beginner Youth Epee – 2Wednesday: 4pm-5:30pm
Beginner Youth Epee – 3Saturday: 4:30pm-6pm


Schedule – Sunnyvale

Class typeSchedule
Beginner Youth Epee – 1 Tuesday, 4pm-5:30pm
Beginner Youth Epee – 2Saturday, 12:30pm-2pm

The latest detailed schedule of all fencing classes is available for download here.