Membership

Thank you for your interest in fencing at Metro Tacoma Fencing Club (MTFC).  MTFC’s fees, which are depicted below in table form, are designed to cover club costs (rent, utilities, insurance, staff, equipment), be proportionate to use, incentivize fencer development, and encourage fencers to join MTFC and enjoy fencing.

  • USFA Fencing Season. The U.S. Fencing Association (USFA) 2016-2017 fencing season starts August 1, 2016 and ends July 31, 2017.
  • MTFC Membership. With the exception of USFA-sanctioned tournaments and guest fencers, all fencers who use the MTFC facility must have an MTFC membership.
  • USFA Membership. Due to US Fencing Association (USFA) insurance requirements, all fencers must have a current USFA membership.  The cost for the 2016-2017 Season is $10 for a non-competitive membership and $70 for a competitive membership (to compete in tournaments).  Obtain membership at www.usfencing.org.
  • Payment. MTFC accepts payment by check, cash, or credit card.  Please pay at the front desk.  Monthly membership fees are due on or before the first of the month.  MTFC encourages annual (twelve month) memberships and provides a discount of ten percent (10%) for such memberships.  Annual memberships are available for the MTFC Membership ($65/month with gear, $80/month w/o gear); the Competitive Membership ($60/month); and the Advanced Footwork & Conditioning Program ($60/month).
  • Private Lessons. Private lessons are available, but must be arranged with an MTFC fencing coach.  To obtain private lessons at MTFC and use the facility, all fencers must pay for an MTFC membership and have a current USFA membership.
  • Other Clubs. MTFC’s Board of Directors may authorize reciprocal fencing arrangements with other fencing clubs if the arrangement benefits each fencing club.
  • Club Discounts.

Family Discount – $10.00 per person. Family discounts are when 2 or more immediate family members are monthly paying members of the club at the same time. Note: Monthly family dues will not exceed a combined total of $200 a month per family.

Military Discount – $10.00. This discount is for an active duty member of the Military. Discount cannot be combined.

The Fine Print.

  • MTFC does NOT offer ‘proportionate use’ or ‘partial’ memberships. Memberships are flat fee.  No exceptions.  The club’s costs do not decrease if fencers miss classes.
  • Refunds of annual memberships are highly discouraged. MTFC is a nonprofit club and must budget revenue and expenses.  Exceptions are made for death, out of state relocation, and serious health problems.  In such event, the member will be charged the full monthly cost for each month of use.  For example, fencer with a basic membership ($60 per month) pays annually and gets two free months.  If the fencer relocates out of state after eight months of use, MTFC may offer a refund of $600 – (8 x $60) = $120.
  • MTFC reserves the right to review and change these fees at any time. All class students and members will promptly pay all fees, dues and costs owed to the MTFC. Fees paid are non refundable and non transferable. However, services once paid for, will be honored per arrangement. MTFC is a 501c3, run by volunteers, fees paid to the organization support the operational management and logistics of running the club.
MTFC Fencing Programs & Fees for 2016-2017 USFA Fencing Season
Program
Member
Member Cost Use
MTFC Membership
  • One time signup fee $10.
  • $65 per month (if fencer has their own gear)
  • Fencers may purchase a 12-month membership at anytime for $650
  • $80 per month (if fencer uses MTFC gear)
  • Open Fencing
  • Skills Programs
  • Private lessons (extra fee)
Beginning Foil Class
  • $135.00 for 4 weeks
  • Oriented towards teens and adults
  • Includes textbook
  • $10 non-competitive USFA membership included
  • Structured curriculum
Competitive Program
  • $60 per month, additional over MTFC Membership
  • Open Fencing
  • Skills Programs
  • Competitive Program
  • Private lessons (extra fee)
Advanced Footwork & Conditioning

[The first 40 minutes of the Elite Team Foil Program classes]

  • Must have MTFC Competitive Membership or be a member of either Elite Team Foil program or the Elite Epee program
  • $60/month (or $650 for 12-months) for non-Elite Team Foil fencers
  • $0/month for Elite Team Foil [included in price]
  • Advanced Footwork & Conditioning class
Elite Team Foil Program
  • Must have MTFC membership
  • $220 per month
  • Open Fencing
  • Any foil fencing class
  • Elite Team Foil Program
  • Private lessons (extra fee)
Elite Epee Program
Private lesson program
  • Must have MTFC membership
  • Private lesson fee is arranged with Coach
  • May require a nominal monthly facility use fee
  • Open Fencing
  • Elite Epee Program
Private Lessons
  • Must have MTFC membership to get private lessons at MTFC
  • Private lesson fee is arranged with your Coach
  • Open Fencing
  • Private lessons (extra fee)
Guest Fencers
  • $15 per visit for fencers who are NOT a member of another USFA-sanctioned club
  • $10 per visit for fencers who are a current member of another USFA-sanctioned club
  • $5 per visit for fencers who are a current member of another USFA-sanctioned club and hold a USFA “A” or “B” classification in ant weapon
  • No private lessons; no classes*

Note:  MTFC classes and the ability to obtain private lessons at MTFC or from MTFC coaches is a privilege of membership.  Lesson time and space is limited.  If MTFC allowed private lessons for non-Members we would adversely impact MTFC members.

  • Open Fencing
  • *Elite Team Foil Program by invitation (and subject to a separate drop-in fee or certified coach requirement)

Club jackets

Currently club jackets can be ordered from the Graphic Edge for adults or youth. The MTFC artwork is design #544206. Cost of the jacket includes the MTFC embroidered logo. An individual’s name can be added for an additional $4.50. Total cost was less than $40 per jacket as of 11/20/2015 when purchased as a group. Minimum order is 2 jackets.

Tonix Vigor Jacket in NAVY/WHITE  https://www.thegraphicedge.com/catalog/tonix-vigor-jacket

Tonix Youth Vigor Jacket in NAVY/WHITE  https://www.thegraphicedge.com/catalog/tonix-youth-vigor-jacket