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 Indianapolis Fencing Club
Supporting fencing in the greater Indianapolis area since 1978.

Membership in the IFC

To join the Indianapolis Fencing Club, please go to our new webpage: indyfencing.net

IFC membership pricing is optimized to be as low as possible while still providing the club the ability to rent floor space, purchase educational equipment for classes, purchase USFA club membership, etc.  We encourage you to explore other fencing options in the area, as we believe we offer the best deal around!  Unlike many sports clubs/martial arts schools we do not use contracts, end your membership anytime.  Membership options are described below:

Basic Membership

Designed for those members who want to fence for fun and are not interested in seriously competing, or do not need/want additional training. Basic Membership benefits include:

  • Open fencing (currently Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Access to Individual lessons by IFC member coaches (additional cost)
  • Price of Basic Membership = $19 per month
  • USAF membership required (non-competitive minimum)

Basic Membership Plus (add-on options):

  • Intermediate Épée Program

For members who want to improve their épée skills but are not interested in or are not ready for the Competitive Épée Program. Requires Basic Membership. It will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. (Note: the club sent Coach Winget to the week-long US Fencing Coaches Association Fencing Academy last summer and this program is one of the outputs of what he learned.)  Benefits include:

    • Training Session (1.5 hours/week):
    • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
    • 12 épée skills sets, rotating weekly, repeated 4 times per year
    • Test available on each skill (practical and verbal)
    • Situational bouting
    • Conditioning Session (.5 hour/week)
    • Incremental price $29 per month
  • Intermediate Foil Program

For those members who want to improve their foil skills. Requires Basic Membership. It will be held on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.  Benefits include:

    • Same as the Intermediate Épée Program, but for foil.
    • Incremental price $29 per month
  • Competitive Épée Program

Designed for serious competitive épéeists, who regularly compete, and who plan to compete at Regional and National levels. Requires Basic Membership. Prerequisites: Mastery of Intermediate Épée Skills and Coach’s approval. Must commit to a minimum of 2 Individual Lessons per month ($20 per lesson, priced separately).  Benefits include:

    • Competitive Training Session (1.5 hours/week)
    • Warm up and footwork/bladework drills
    • Advanced épée skills/tactics
    • Situational bouting
    • Low student to coach ratio (target = 6 students or less)
    • Conditioning Session (.5 hour/week)
    • Incremental price $59 per month. Total Price $78 per month, plus the cost of Individual Lessons.
  • Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Study Group
    • HEMA Membership may be standalone (i.e. Basic Membership is not required)
    • HEMA Membership includes: HEMA study group on Saturday afternoons, 12-3
    • Price of HEMA Membership = $16 per month (< $4 per week), walk-in price = $5 per session
    • HEMA Alliance membership required
  • Individual Lessons

Individual Lessons are the fastest way to improve your fencing skills and are encouraged for everyone. Individual Lessons are arranged between students and coaches. Each coach will publish a schedule of available times. Students may sign up with the coach of their choice and may change coaches at any time. You are encouraged to find the right fit!

  • Coaching Staff:
    • Daniel Anez – foil
    • Jared Smith – foil, épée, saber
    • Bill Winget – épée
  • Lessons are typically about $20 for a 20-30 minute lesson.

Required Fencing Equipment

Members are expected to provide their own fencing equipment which can be purchased on-line from many vendors (such as fencing.net, blue-gauntlet.com, and absolutefencing.com).  Speak with your Coach before ordering equipment. The cost of equipment will vary depending on the vendor, your weapon of choice, and if you want to compete in fencing tournaments, but will typically run between $200 and $300. Buying both a “beginner set” and a “beginner electric set” is often the most cost effective way to start.  A list of the equipment required is shown below.

Equipment needed for foil or épée:

• Mask (with an electric bib for foil)
• Mask cord (foil only)
• Jacket
• Knickers
• Knee socks
• Underarm protector
• Glove
• Chest Protector (women)
• Cup (men)
• Lame (foil only)
• Electric foil and/or épée (2 needed for tournaments)
• Foil and/or épée body cord (2 needed for tournaments)
• Equipment bag (not required but nice to have)

Please contact your Coach or the IFC (indyfencing@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Fencing Classes

To register for a class, go to indyfencing.net

Fencing 1 (beginning foil)

- March 2 Monon Community Center:
** 9:00 am, 18 years +
** 10:00 am, 8 years +

Fencing 2 (beginning epee)

- March 2 Monon Community Center:
** 11:00 am, 8 years +

Beginning Epee (NEW*, learn to fence using the epee)

- February 25 Abundant Life Church gym
** 6:00 pm, ages 9+ (youth and adult)

Note: All classes are 6 weeks long and all equipment is provided. Go to the Classes pull down menu for more information.
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