Membership Information 2019-2020

After completing a Beginner Class, you will be ready to join BFA as a Member. Select the membership level that is right for you. Although membership pricing is based on you having a membership for the year, you may keep the same membership level for the entire season or change it month to month or cancel it if needed.

There is a 10% discount for multiple family members for regular and competition memberships or a 5% discount for paying for 6-9 months at a time. Only one discount can be applied per membership. No discounts for drop in fees or registration fees.


2019-2020 Annual Registration Fee

For all membership levels: a $65 annual registration fee is due at the start of the season in the end of August or start of September. (Current MSU students registration fee is $35.) The season runs from August 19-end of June 2020. Among other things, your registration includes:

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

  • Your registration fees contribute both to loaner gear for fencers just getting started and that you use as spares during tournaments and to the upkeep of the electric scoring systems and the purchase of those little screws and springs that make epees and foils work and the time and effort of your friendly master armorers helping you learn to repair your fencing equipment.

  • Maintenance of electric scoring systems

  • Armory training and use of armory tools

  • Eligibility to compete on a BFA team

  • Strip coaching at local events

  • Club insurance

Level I/ II Memberships Regular Classes Start August 20

Standard: $90/month ($75 for March and June, $30 for August)

  • 2-4+ hours of Level I /II/or footwork classes per week

  • 2+ hours Open Bouting (for fencers ages 10 and older) each week

  • Conditioning equipment for use when gym is open

  • Depending on how many classes you attend each month, this membership level gives a significant discount

  • This membership level offers discounted classes and as such generally is not pro-rated for partial months

One Fencing class per week: $60/month ($30 for August)

  • Pick your fencing class. This membership option is generally used only for newer, younger and adult fencers although there are exceptions. If you need to make-up a class for whatever reason, please pre-arrange. Make ups are generally completed within the same month. Some months are not 4 classes long and some months may have curtailed schedules due to tournament travel, they will be pro-rated at $15/class or the missed class can be made up on another day that month.

  • If your schedule is such that you would like to pro-rate a month, please let me know at the start of the month and pay ahead of time.

  • Open bouting (for fencers ages 10 and older) is included

  • Use of Conditioning Equipment when gym is open

  • Current MSU students 10% discount

The drop-in fee per class: $15

  • Annual registration fee still applies.

  • Out of town experienced fencers are welcome to drop in for a class with prior arrangement. In this case, no registration or class fee is charged although a national USA Fencing membership is required. For fencers staying in or coming to town longer than for one class or for novice fencers, registration and class fees may be charged.

Competition Memberships

When we teach what we know, we all rise together.

The Competition Membership option is for those who wish to train more intensively and who are motivated to learn and work hard and who wish to train more hours in the week. There is no specific skill criteria. For those who are already fencing 2+ hours a week and who wish more individualized coaching or who have aspirations of fencing regionally or nationally. Most competition members are ages 14-18 but younger fencers, MSU fencers and adults are welcome. Please ask if you are interested. All fencers, no matter what level or membership status, are always welcome to compete in tournaments for fun.

If you are interested in working toward becoming an Apprentice Coach for next year, or the year after, please let me know so that I can help you do so by having you join the Leadership Program.

$115/month ($45 for August - starts August 19)

  • Any or all level I or II or beginner classes (1-5 per week)

  • Plus two weekly Competition Epee training sessions

  • Footwork class

  • Open bouting with specific attention given to feedback on bouting

  • Training in armory

  • Training in teaching, reffing and strip coaching skills

  • This membership level offers highly discounted classes and as such generally is not pro-rated for partial months

  • Current MSU students 10% discount

Expectations include

  • Although there is not a specific skill level required to be part of comp classes, all comp fencers are expected to be training at least 4-6 hours a week

  • Willingness to learn from others

  • Role model and encourage respectful behavior

  • Role model good training practices

  • Work at becoming a good training partner and teacher for others, able to give and receive feedback

$95/Month ($45 for August) Leadership Program

  • Same as competition membership above

  • Fencer agrees to assist regularly with teaching at least one 4:15 or other non-comp class/week

Only Open Bouting Membership

  • Open Bouting

  • You are required to have your own gear

  • Floor fees are $40/month or $15 per session (half month - $20 for August)

  • Current MSU students 10% discount

  • For ages 15+ only or with special approval