Youth Program

Three Swords Fencing Club’s youth program is designed as a gateway to the modern sport of fencing. Someone coined the phrase, “Fencing is like playing chess at 100 miles per hour.” So, if you’re looking for a sport that involves speed, agility, and fitness combined with chess-like strategic thinking, then fencing is for you. Modern fencing has three weapons; the foil, the épée, and the sabre. The object for each weapon is the same: touch your opponent without being touched. Although the concept is simple, more often than not, scoring a touch involves complex tactics, combined with lighting fast execution.

Fencing provides equal opportunities for both males and females and people of all ages. All that is needed to participate is the desire to learn the sport and a basic set of gear. For beginners Three Swords Fencing Club will provide all the fencing equipment, unless students choose to purchase their own (discuss with instructors). As with any sport, as an athlete progresses having their own equipment is desirable.

What the classes will include:

  • Introduction to modern fencing and its three weapons
  • The rules of fencing and etiquette
  • Proper use of equipment and safety
  • Warm up activities and stretching
  • Proper body position and footwork
  • Drills to hone attack and defense skills
  • Games to enhance speed and agility
  • Practice fencing matches

Some of the important benefits and life skills that can be derived from fencing:

  • Develops quick thinking and decision making skills
  • Encourages physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle
  • Teaches good sportsmanship
  • Enhances self-esteem and confidence

Our goal is not only to teach fencing but also provide the opportunity to continue in the sport. Coaches can provide information about local, regional, and national competitions, fencing in college and scholarship opportunities, or fencing with other clubs throughout the country.

Class Schedule
Session 1: Grades 4-7
September 17 – December 17, 2018
Monday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Session 1: Grades 8-12
September 18 – December 18, 2018
Wednesday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Session 2: Grades 4-7
January 7 – May 20, 2019
Monday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Session 2: Grades 8-12
January 8 – May 22, 2019
Wednesday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Session 3: Grades 4-7
June 3 – August 26, 2019
Monday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Session 3: Grades 8-12
June 5 – August 28, 2019
Wednesday, 4-5 p.m., at Three Swords Fencing Club

Helpful Information

  • All participants are required to have a waiver on file with Three Swords Fencing Club, which can be filled out at the first practice.
  • Students should wear athletic clothing, including long pants, and athletic shoes to each practice.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to each practice.
  • Once students have completed their first session (or at the discretion of the coach) they are invited to participate in open practices at Three Swords Fencing Club at a charge of $20 per month.

Participation Fee

  • Cost: $125 per session
  • Reduced fees are available to those who qualify for the free and reduced meals program. Participation fees for those that qualify are as follows:
    • Reduced Meals Participation Fee: $70 per session if registered by the deadline.
    • Free Meals Participation Fee: $40 per session if registered by the deadline. 

Registration Deadline & Details

  • Deadline for registration for each session is the Thursday before the first class of the session.
  • We strongly encourage registration by the posted deadline.
  • Late registrations may be accepted at the coaches discretion and will be prorated based on date of entry.
  • Payment is required at the first class.
  • Registration for this program is through TCAPS Learning, Enrichment & Athletic Program.