Beginners: What to do next? (Updated 11/2020)

Updated: Dec 21, 2020

Dear beginner fencing friends and families,

Thank you so much for trying fencing at CFA. I hope you and your fencers find the classes fun, informative and challenging.

We appreciate the challenges parents face with sports these days and our goal is to make your time at CFA as clear and stress free as possible. Generally, we offer two major directions to our fencers:

Recreational: All equipment is provided and you are billed monthly for the class you take only. You may also consider adding a private lesson to this in order to get a better taste of the technical details and develop a relationship with your coach. You never know what may happen! A lot of the times working with a coach one on one ends up fostering a love of sport that lasts a lifetime.

Your options with this route:

  1. Repeat another session of the intro class. No equipment is required, no obligations.

  2. Join a Recreational class. Class schedule is here.

  3. Try a private lesson. Please email the club for our schedule grid, it is a locked Google document that we will need to grant access for. We have a ton of options throughout the week and Saturdays.

Competitive or "Serious Recreational": We recommend purchasing your own equipment at this time. More information on equipment here. At a minimum, a mask, a glove and weapon is recommended.

Your options with this route:

  1. Join the Bronze, Silver or Gold program. Bronze is a great package to start with as it includes one private lesson, one class and open fencing any time there is available space. We do ask that that you purchase equipment. Price list and program descriptions are here.

  2. Build a custom package. Everything is available A La Carte and there are family discounts available.

At least one private lesson a week, a class and membership in CFA is recommended. This is our Bronze package.

Once you decide to go this route, our process is to schedule a meeting with the head coach over Zoom or in person, get to know each other, make sure we are on the same page and build your schedule.

As with any sport, it takes time to really see if a kid is into it. While it is OK to do an intro or recreational class alone for as long as you like, fencing is a highly technical one on one sport. Adding a private lesson is a game changer and teaches techniques that will build confidence on and off the strip. Private lessons are 20 minutes and other than myself, we have seven amazing coaches available.

We recommend trying a comprehensive program for a few months with no obligations so you and your family are not locked into a full year commitment financially. It is a better return on your investment while ensuring the fencers develop the right techniques that will keep them interested and successful.

I am available for a zoom or in person meeting at the club to go over the options, get to know each other and make sure we are on the same page. Meeting requests can be made via our schedule grid. Please contact or text 240 424 0749 to request access to our schedule beyond the beginner classes.

Hope you are having a great season and hope to see you at Cardinal Fencing Academy soon!

Yours, Coach Ilya and the CFA team.

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