For all classes, pre-registration is required
The 2017-2018 season is September 6- June 27
Michele (Mich) Carey
Because class size often gets smaller in June after school is out, we consolidate June classes.
There are NO regularly scheduled fencing classes during our Thanksgiving Break (November 22-27) or during our Winter Break December 7-January 8, 2018.
There will be one spring break class for all twice a week and competition membership fencers: Wednesday the 14th 4:30-5:30
No regular classes March 11-18 for spring break, February 19 President's Day, or May 28 Memorial Day.
Some April 30 classes Might be cancelled for tournament travel.
Summer Break: June 28-August 20 or so.
Our NEW Location is at 15 Tai Lane (downstairs) in Bozeman. 15 Tai Lane refers to the entire building. Turn off Lincoln at Granny's Doughnuts/The Wash House. It is the second (southern) commercial building in that parking lot. We are on the NE corner of that building, the opposite end from Spectators. Orangish door, blue sign on the door.
what to wear and bring
Students should wear socks, clean, non-marking athletic shoes, t-shirt, and pants that come below the knee and allow movement (jeans with some stretch or enough room to move in are ideal, No shorts) and bring a water bottle.
A 2017-2018 non-competitive USFA (United States Fencing Association) membership is included in class fees. As you become more experienced, you will wish to maintain your own USFA competitive membership to compete in sanctioned tournaments, fence in National level events and earn ratings.
Our age ranges are guidelines. If you have questions about which class(es) are likely to be the best fit, feel free to ask.
Coming from out of town? We welcome visiting fencers. Contact us before your arrival to arrange. USFA membership is required.
Using our equipment for a drop-in is $15 per class if it is available and must be pre-arranged.
Purchasing equipment can feel expensive, so we try to spread it out for you. If the regular schedule of obtaining your own equipment causes an undue financial burden on your family, please let me know and we will work with you as best we can.
Beginner class fees include the purchase of a glove. Gloves do wear out, if yours has holes, you can sew it up or purchase a new one, we will have some available for purchase.
New level I fencers will pay an additional equipment fee of $20 to purchase their own 350 N plastron.
Level II and competition fencers are expected to fence in their own knickers, jacket, chest protector, mask, glove, and plastron.
Fencers who compete with any regularity are expected to have their own electric epee or foil or saber and appropriate body cords and mask.
Beginner class fees include the loan of the basic equipment that you will need and the purchase of your own glove. Required kit includes: epee or foil or saber, mask, plastron, jacket, glove, and for children under 10 and women and girls over the age of 11 and older boys who wish it, also a plastic chest protector. It is important that your equipment fits well, so please measure carefully! Jedi classes include use of a plastic epee with rubber tip, a mask and jacket.
You are responsible for the care of the equipment that is checked out to you on the first day of class. Please wash your whites as needed in cold water. Do not machine dry and do not bleach! All equipment must be returned on your last day of classes. Epees, plastic epees, foils, and sabers are generally not checked out but rather left in the salle.
If you are not currently registered for classes but still have equipment checked out to you, you will be billed $15/ month.
As you gain in experience and/or begin to compete regularly, you will want to purchase your own 350 N or 800 N protective clothing as suited to the level of competition you are engaged in. If you are interested in selling or purchasing used but still good gear, please ask. You will want to start obtaining your own electric equipment more or less by the time you are ready to fence regularly or more seriously in competitions. Knickers are required for all level II and competition fencers.
Thanks to the armory efforts of Rab, Atty and Kai, we are currently able to loan some electric equipment for your first few tournaments. Depending on the amount of equipment needing repair or replacement, you may be asked to contribute a minimal cost for replacement parts and repair time when signing up for a tournament.
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.
Fencing 101 for parents
TBA: Free to BFA fencers and families courtesy of Friends of BFA. This seminar is designed for fencers and/or any interested family members. Learn how electric weapons work. Learn what can go wrong with electric foils and epees (and sabers): how to take one apart and more importantly, how to put one back together again. You will be able to check and repair your weapons.
Private lessons are included monthly with the competition classes.
Additional private lessons can be scheduled with a coach to augment your training if you wish to take your fencing to the next level more quickly. Please arrange with Mich.
The cost for a private lesson is $30/ half hour.
The cost for a new beginner private lesson is $20 plus $20 registration fee for the first lesson which includes the cost of your glove.
Fencing is a great addition to homeschooling and can meet your physical education needs in a fun way. Homeschool classes are available during the typical school day by request for a minimum of 6 kids and/or parents for ages 6 and up. Cost is dependent on the size and length of class, number of sessions, and whether we are providing equipment. We encourage a minimum of 4-6 classes for beginners. Many homeschoolers have also joined our after school classes.