Fall 2021 Classes

August 9 - October 29

Although classes are offered multiple nights a week, students will register for one night. Students who would like to register for an additional class may do so for an additional $80 per class. Advanced students can register to attend both weekly classes using the "Advanced Double Enrollment" option.

All classes are for ages eight and up.

If you have questions about which class to enroll in, feel free to contact us at info@blueridgefencing.net.

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Open Fencing

Time for our fencers to apply skills learned in class in friendly competitive bouts. All fencers who have completed at least an introductory class or summer camp are encouraged to attend! 

Monday 8-9 PM / Coach Sides

Thursday 8-9 PM / Coach Sides

Friday 4-5 PM / Beginner Focused / Coach Sides

Saturday 12-2 PM / Coach Sides

Price: Free to currently enrolled fencers; $80 for others


Intro Foil

All students who have little or no prior experience with fencing should enroll in the Introductory fencing class. Our first introductory classes will run from August 9-Sept 17.

Monday 4-5 PM / Ages 8-12 / Coach Sides

Friday 5-6 PM* / Ages 13+ / Coach Sides

Price: $120

*Start date is TBD. Please contact us here if you are interested in this class.


Beginner Foil

All students who have some fencing experience or have successfully completed an intro fencing class and who are still working on the skills necessary for the intermediate class should enroll in the beginner class.

Monday 5-6 PM / Ages 8-12 / Coach Sides

Tuesday 5-6 PM / All Ages / Coach Carney

Thursday 5-6 PM / Ages 13+ / Coach Sides

Price: $240


Intermediate Foil

All students who have successfully completed a beginner class and who have completed the skills necessary for the intermediate class (as recommended by Coach Sides) should enroll in the intermediate class.  A student may also request a skills assessment and must pass the test given by Coach Sides to be placed in the intermediate class.

Monday 6-7 PM / Coach Sides

Tuesday 6-7 PM / Coach Carney

Thursday 6-7 PM / Coach Sides

Price: $240


Advanced Foil

The advanced class is by invitation only from Coach Sides for those students who have mastered the necessary advanced skills.

NEW: For an additional fee of $100, advanced students will be able to attend both classes each week. Register for the "advanced double enrollment" class.

Monday 7-8 PM / Coach Sides

Thursday 7-8 PM / Coach Sides

Price: $240


Adult Foil

The adult class is for older teens and adults.

Tuesday 7-8 PM / Coach Carney

Wednesday 7-8 PM* / Intro Level / Coach Carney

Price: $240

*Start date is TBD. Please contact us here if you are interested in this class.

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Homeschool Introductory Foil

BRFC is excited to start our first homeschool class! Coach Sides started fencing in a similar class many years ago! This class will cover footwork fundamentals, bladework, strategy, and the basics of right of way. Our Homeschool Introductory Class will equip you with all the knowledge needed to move on into our beginner level training classes. The class culminates with a small tournament, and fencers will also be able to participate in the open fencing and practice hours at BRFC.

Thursday 1-2 PM / Aug. 12-Sept 17 / Coach Sides

Price: $120

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This class will teach epee to all interested students.

Coach: Sides

Price: $240 or $80 as an add-on class


Conditioning Class

Our footwork and conditioning class is meant to provide some additional attention to footwork, as well as help fencers stay physically fit. Through targeted workouts we will work on explosive movement, speed, control, and core strength. 

Saturday 2-3 PM / BRFC Coaching Staff

Price: $80


Private Lessons

Private lessons offer the opportunity to get one-on-one time with a coach. Each lesson is tailored to the individual student, which allows for more focused training. Lessons are 20-30 minutes, and can cover technique, tactics, goal setting, and tournament preparation.  If you would like to start private lessons, or get more information about scheduling and pricing, speak with your coach.

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Fencing Class Preparation

Please plan to arrive at the start of each class in the proper attire for fencing. Proper gear is an important safety consideration in fencing. Failure to wear appropriate clothing to class may, unfortunately, result in a fencer being prevented from practicing for that day. The following are requirements for fencing practices.

Pants - should be long pants with no knees or ankles exposed. Athletic pants are strongly recommended, but regular pants are acceptable. No shorts! While fencing is one of the safest sports, please remember that we are using metal fencing swords to poke at each other and scrapes are possible. Pants reduce this risk significantly.

Shoes - must be closed-toed. Running shoes are preferable. Bare feet, flip flops, sandals, and Crocs are not suitable for fencing. These types of shoes pose a tripping hazard and make it impossible to correctly practice proper fencing footwork.