Fencer with protective mask

Spring-Summer 2021 Classes

April 12 - July 30

Traditionally, BRFC has offered foil fencing classes. Starting in Fall 2019, BRFC began offering an epee fencing class. To avoid confusion, all epee classes will be clearly designated. If no weapon is specified in the class description, the weapon is assumed to be foil.

NOTE: In Spring 2021, we will continue to offer restricted class sizes. 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.


Intro Foil

Monday 4:00-5:00
Wednesday 7:00-8:00 (Adults)
Friday 3:00-4:00 (Homeschool 12 and older)

All students who have little or no prior experience with fencing should enroll in the Introductory fencing class.

Coach: Sides (Monday/Friday), Carney (Wednesday)

Price: $240 ($120 for mid-session classes)


Beginner Foil

Monday 5:00-6:00
Tuesday 5:00-6:00
Thursday 5:00-6:00

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.

Coach: Sides (Monday/Thursday), Carney (Tuesday)

Price: $240


Intermediate Foil

Intermediate: Monday 6:00-7:00
Intermediate: Tuesday 6:00-7:00
Intermediate: Thursday 6:00-7:00
Intermediate/Advanced: Monday 6:00-7:00

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.

Coach: Sides (Monday/Thursday), Carney (Tuesday)

Price: $240


Advanced Foil

Intermediate/Advanced: Monday 6:00-7:00
Advanced: Thursday 7:00-8:00

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

Coach: Sides

Price: $240


Adult Foil

Tuesday 7:00-8:00
Wednesday 7:00-8:00 (Intro Level)

The adult class is for older teens and adults.

Coach: Carney

Price: $240 ($120 for mid-session classes)

Fencers in combat


Friday 6:00 - 7:00

This class will teach epee to all interested students.

Coach: Sides

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


Private Lessons

Varying Times

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.

All classes are for ages eight and up.

There may be a few of you who are still unsure of which class to select.  In these cases, we recommend enrolling in class with the lower skill level requirement with the option to move up the next level class if Coach Sides determines that your skills indicate you are ready to move to the next level.

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

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.