Program

Fencing Programs

MTFC offers three different fencing programs:

  • Skills Program
  • Competitive Program
  • Elite Program

Typically, new and less experienced fencers will start with the Skills Program in foil and, depending on the level of their participation and goals, move on to the Competitive Program as their skills improve, and then the Elite Program if they are interested in high level training and significant competition.

All of the programs are high quality, instructor-led programs.  Each program includes conditioning, footwork, bladework, drills, and bouting.

Below is a brief description of each program.

Skills Program

The Skills Program is designed to provide foundational skills for fencers in any weapon.

Depending on the number of participants, the Skills Program may be separated by age, with a youth program and a separate adult program.

Competitive Program

The Competitive Program is designed to provide appropriate training for fencers who wish to compete in fencing tournaments at a higher level.

The Competitive Program builds on the fencing skills developed in the Skills Program.  The lessons are more robust and fencers are expected to have a solid foundational framework for competitive-level fencing.  Fencers in the Competitive Program typically compete regularly in fencing tournaments and/or make fencing a significant part of their physical conditioning routine.

Elite Program

The Elite Program is designed to provide a high-quality, high-level, training program to develop highly competitive fencers to compete at local, regional, and national fencing tournaments.

The Elite Program focuses on developing and improving fencing skills for highly motivated competitive fencers (e.g., group instruction, paired drills, situational bouting, one-on-one instruction, conditioning, and high level open fencing).

Participation is limited to highly skilled fencers and/or fencers who will compete at national-level fencing tournaments (e.g., North American Cups, RJCCs, Junior Olympics, and Summer Nationals). Participation requires consistent, committed, engaged participation and is by invitation only.

Which MTFC Foil Fencing Program Is Right for Me?
Program: Skills Program
Youth
Skills Program
Teen/Adult
Competitive Program Elite Program
This program is designed for: Individuals who wish to develop solid fencing skills to position them to enjoy a life-long physical activity and/or progress to competitive fencing. Individuals who wish to develop solid fencing skills to position them to enjoy a life-long physical activity and/or progress to competitive fencing. Experienced fencers who wish to compete in local or regional fencing tournament or experienced recreational fencers who wish to enhance their fencing skills and compete at a higher level. Experienced competitive fencers, in above-average physical condition, who compete in regional and national-level fencing tournaments.
Prior fencing experience required? No No Yes Yes
Prior competitive tournament experience? Not Required Not Required Yes Required
U.S. Fencing Association membership required? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open to the following age groups: §  Under age 14 §  Age 15 or older §  Youth over 9 years of age normally

§  Cadet

§  Junior

§  Senior (Adult)

§  Veteran (over 40)

§  Youth

§  Cadet

§  Junior

§  Senior (Adult)

§  Veteran (over 40)

Subject to approval of MTFC Head Coach

Private lessons? Not Required Not Required Yes Yes
Plan to fence in local competitive fencing tournament? Not Required Not Required Yes Required
Plan to fence in competitive regional tournament (e.g., RYC, SYC, ROC, RJCC)? Not Required Not Required Yes Required
Plan to fence at national level tournament (e.g., Junior Olympics, NACs, Summer Nationals)? Not Required Not Required Not Required Required
Participation requires prior approval by MTFC Head Coach? No No No, but a recommendation from your Coach is necessary Yes
Must participate for entire season No No No Yes
Approximate time commitment: One (1) hour of training per week One (1) hour of training per week Two (2) hours of training per week Eight (8) hours of training per week, plus tournaments
Approximate number of competitive fencing tournaments that I plan to compete in during the fencing season? 0 – 3 0 – 3 3 – 15 10 – 25+
MTFC Fencer Cost: $60 per month*
*with own equipment; otherwise $70
$60 per month*
*with own equipment; otherwise $70
$40 per month, additional to membership $200 per month
**Season-long commitment; additional to membership