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Our next beginner's class will be held starting on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  The class will teach the basics of fencing saber, including rules and etiquette, footwork, attack, defense, strategy & tactics, how to referee, safety, and participation in competitions. 

The exact dates of the beginner's class will be on the following Thursdays:  March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 19.  Classes will run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on those days.  Should any class be cancelled, the make-up day will be Thursday, April 26 (if needed).  Students should wear jeans, a short-sleeved shirt, any kind of cross trainer athletic shoes, and bring something to drink.

The cost of the class is $50 per student for the instruction.  (Family discounts are available)  Students can either provide their own equipment or rent the necessary equipment from our club for an additional charge of $25.  Also, a basic membership in the United States Fencing Association is required.  This can be obtained at www.usfencing.org and runs $10.

If you are interested, send us a note through our "Fees, Forms & Contact Page".

The New Class Begins . . . . with a large turnout of Lowell High School students who are interested in starting up a team.

Fencing lessons are generally suitable for ages 10 through adult even into retirement age.

Please go to the CONTACT PAGE to send a message if you are interested lessons.

Are you new to fencing?
The sport of Fencing has been compared to many things, the most popular is "Physical Chess" as the sport requires precise thought and decision making while being active and executing controlled movements. As a sport, fencing develops balance, muscle control, reflexes and critical thinking. Competitors analyze their opponents and then defeat them using the appropriate techniques.  While Epee is somewhat like a cross between a chess match and a ballet, Saber is more like a cross between Monday Night Football and chess.  Each type of fencing has its own characteristics and there is a style of fencing that will be suitable for you.

Who Should Fence?
Everyone! Young and old alike are welcome to join and try fencing.  We have club members ranging in age from about 10 to 69 years old.  A person is never too old to challenge themselves by trying a new activity (A competitor at the Veteran World Championships in 2010 was in his 90s), and numerous studies have shown the benefit children get from sports participation (many of the top US fencers started as children and now represent their country at World Championships and the Olympics).

Is It Complicated to Learn?
Like golf, it may take years to master, you will learn to be able to watch and score a match in just 8 weeks. We teach both fencing and basic bout directing to ensure that each athlete knows how to judge touches appropriate to their level of experience. A concept such as "Right-of-Way" is broken into its parts and explained through the course so that you know not only what happened, but also if you did the right thing each time. Parents and family members are also encouraged to participate and learn the basics of Right-of-Way so they may better understand the sport of fencing.

Beginners become competitors at the Northwest Indiana Fencing Club.  Whether your goal is to get a simple weekly workout by fencing with fellow club members or to gain a competitive advantage in regional USFA sactioned events, you can meet your fencing goals at NIFC.

Cost of the instruction is $50.00 for the eight week class.  Students are REQUIRED to buy a $10.00 membership to the USFA in addition to paying the class fee.  Students can either provide their own equipment, or, we have a limited supply of rental equipment available on a first come-first serve basis ($25 for the 8 week class).   Classes typically run for eight consecutive Thursdays (except holidays), exact schedules will be determined with the classes.  Suitable for ages 10 and older.

Anyone interested in joining the beginner's class is welcome to visit our club on either Monday or Wednesday from 6:30pm until 8:30pm to meet our club coaches and club members, get any questions answered about our sport or necessary equipment, and to watch actual fencing bouts.

Regardless of the blade being taught, the beginners class will teach the basics of fencing etiquette and rules, proper footwork and movement, attack, defense, and strategy, physical conditioning and the basics of competitive fencing.  The final session of the beginner's class will be a practice tournament modeled after a real competitive event.   


Coach McPheeters leads a group in pre-session warms ups.  Stretching and warming up before any intensive training or practice is one way to minimize injuries.

Instruction in Saber, Epee and Foil is available.  Please contact us, or stop in during our Monday or Wednesday sessons between 6:30 and 8:30pm.

Club Members Charlie and Emily from Munster High School observe a practice bout being directed by Melen Skurka, a college student home for the summer.