BEGINNING FENCING CLASSES

New to fencing? We provide all instruction and equipment needed to get you safely started fencing. No experience needed. All classes held at 15 Tai Lane in Bozeman.

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Friday September 20 4:30-5:30 Try Out Fencing Day for ages 7-17, FREE, pre-registration required

Homeschool Epee (Ages 6-10):

Beginner Classes Tuesdays start September 24 1:45-2:45

We will introduce you to the equipment, skills and strategy of Olympic style fencing. The emphasis is on basic skill building, fitness, fun, strategy and good sportsmanship. No experience is necessary. Fencers learn the basics with extra light gear designed for this age group. Parents and older siblings are welcome to join in, with the understanding that the curriculum is designed for young ones.

  • Loan of necessary equipment + free glove

  • Pre-registration is required

  • New beginners are added into the class on a rolling basis

  • Cost is $55 for a 4 week month, shorter and longer months are pro-rated.

  • Required 2019-2020 Annual Registration Fee

Beginner Youth Epee (Ages 8-17):

Beginner Classes Thursdays September 26-October 10 4:15-5:30

We will introduce you to the equipment, skills and strategy of Olympic style fencing. The emphasis is on basic skill building, fitness, fun, strategy and good sportsmanship. No experience is necessary. Fencers learn the basics in this class to start them into fall level I classes.

  • Includes free trial of three October level I classes (You will be sorted into the appropriate classes) Tuesdays October 15-29

  • Loan of all necessary equipment + free glove

  • Pre-registration is required

  • Cost is $65

  • Required 2019-2020 Annual Registration Fee

adult Beginners (ages 16+)

We offer several adult beginner seminars each year. At other times, most adults take private lessons or take private beginner lessons until they are prepared to join the adult class.

Private Beginner Lessons

An alternate route to starting fencing is to take a series of Private or Semi-private beginner lessons for those who wish to have individual instruction.

  • Cost is $20/ half hour or $40 for one hour beginner lesson

  • Required Annual Registration Fee

Fencing At School (Grades Pre-K-8):

Fencing At School introduces students to the historic traditions and sport of fencing by teaching timeless lessons of determination, self-assessment, integrity, fitness, and strategy for the modern era. Fencing related games and activities are integrated into the program to develop fencing skills including coordination, strength and decision-making.

  • Classes are safe, fun, and designed for the ages of your students

  • No previous experience is needed and all equipment is provided

  • BFA contracts directly with the school. Fees are based on the number of students and the duration of the program.

Annual Registration Fee

The $65 annual registration fee includes

  • USA Fencing Association Membership- Non-Competitive Level. Required for all USA Fencing affiliated clubs

  • Use of club equipment including scoring systems, reels, beginner equipment

  • Armory training and use of armory tools, epee repair assistance

  • Eligibility to compete on a BFA team

  • Strip coaching at local events

  • USFA club insurance

  • Free entrance into BFA “Earn Your E” tournaments

Basic Equipment

Youth beginner class fees include the purchase of a glove and the loan of all other basic equipment that you will need. Jedi and adult beginner class fees include the loan of necessary equipment. (All epees are loaned during class-time only.) You are responsible for the care of the equipment that is checked out to you on the first day of class. You may store your equipment at the club. Please wash your whites as needed in cold water. Do not machine dry and do not bleach! All borrowed equipment must be returned on your last day of classes. If you are not currently registered for classes but still have equipment checked out to you that is not stored at the club, you will be billed $15/ month.

Refund Policy

If you withdraw from a class or camp up to one month prior to start date, there is a full refund. From one month through the day before the class or camp a 90% refund. On the first day of class/camp there is a 30% refund. There is no refund thereafter. There is no refund of registration fees.