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2021 Summer Camps

BRFC is excited to announce our first summer camps! During camp, we will cover the history of swords and swordsmanship leading up to modern Olympic fencing, technical drills, tactics, bout strategy, and fun games focused on improving reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Each camp will run for one week and will take place in the mornings from 9:00-12:00. Camps are limited to 8 students per week. We will be offering a $50 discount to students currently enrolled in the spring-summer session, and a $25 discount for each additional family member who enrolls after the first. Registration will open on April 19. Visit our registration page here for more details on how to sign up.


Intro Camp

June 21 - June 25 (Coach Carney)

July 19 - July 23 (Coach Sides)

Our Introductory camps are designed to teach fencing from the ground up. We will cover about ten weeks’ worth of material in five days. The culmination of an intro camp will be a small tournament using full electric gear!

Price: $250


Beginner-Intermediate Camp

June 28 – July 2 (Coach Carney)

July 5 – July 9 (Coach Sides)

July 12 – July 16 (Coach Sides)

The Beginner and Intermediate camps will focus on refining and building foundational and structural technique while also working on tactical refinement and tournament preparation.

Price: $250

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Advanced Camp

July 26 - July 30 (Coach Sides)

The Advanced camp will feature Darius Wei for the last half of camp! Coach Darius is the foil coach at Duke University and Research Triangle Fencing Club (RTF). The Duke Fencing program recently took bronze at the 2021 Fencing NCAA Championship. Coach Darius and the coaching staff at RTF have produced and worked with athletes that have represented international teams at the Veteran-50, U-17 and U-20 age groups, and qualified athletes for multiple World Championships. We are beyond excited to have Coach Darius here for camp! He will also be available for private lessons in the afternoons of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Price: $300

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.