Fees and Lessons

Clifton Recreation Center Membership applies to all fencing activities.

Please confirm their fees here.

Please contact Richard Males via e-mail at (males@iac.net) to be added to the queue for the next class.

Beginning Fencing

Please contact Richard Males to be added to the list for the next available class.

Location and Map

Lessons Detail

Beginning Fencing introduces students to the sport of fencing. This group class focuses on foil fundamentals. New fencers can start the program at any time; fencing is a lifetime sport! Anyone of any age can participate--however, children under 8 may require individual attention rather than a group environment. The class is team-taught by members of the Cincinnati Fencing Club.

Topics covered include:

  • History and Background of Fencing
  • The Weapons of Fencing (foil, saber, epee)
  • Safety
  • Proper Stance (En Garde)
  • Footwork
  • Lunges
  • Attacks
  • Parries
  • Rules of Competitive Fencing
  • Strategy and Tactics

The equipment rental covers providing a mask, foil, jacket and glove during class. Students should wear loose fitting clothes, including sweat pants (not shorts), tennis shoes and an eyeglass strap if wearing glasses.

Intermediate instruction is available from the Cincinnati Fencing Club after completing the Beginning class.

Classes last from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Students who have progressed to the third lesson can expect to spend at least a half-hour of the class fencing with the instructors and other students.

Club Membership

Students currently enrolled in beginner or intermediate lessons are not required to be members of the Cincinnati Fencing Club.