Des Moines Fencing Club

Bringing the sport of fencing to Iowa

Classes

The Des Moines Fencing Club offers a variety of classes for all skill and interest levels. Registration is required for all classes and seminars. Please use the information below to find a class that meets your needs!

If you are a beginning fencing, look for our Beginning Fencing classes to get you the training to you need to start enjoying the sport. For our continuing fencers, look for the night that covers the weapon you are interested in!

Cost

Due to the amount of effort involved for our volunteer staff, the DMFC prefers membership payments be made for the two-month session instead of monthly checks. Please work with the Treasurer if neither of these options will work for you.

Dues:

  • $40/month (paid by the 15th of the month) – Individual
  • $80/family (paid by the 15th of the month) – Family
  • $80/session (paid Jan, March, May, Aug, Sept, Nov) – Individual
  • $160/session (paid Jan, March, May, Aug, Sept, Nov) – Family

Equipment

The DMFC provides weapons and electric fencing equipment. It is up to individual members to have their own masks, jackets and gloves. The club frequently places orders for equipment and will aid members in buying their own gear.

For the Beginning Fencing classes, the student will need to purchase equipment for that class. The prices are listed in the description of the class.

Schedule

Monday  Class
7:00 p.m. Adult & Youth Beginning Fencing
8:00 p.m. Open Bouting
Tuesday Class
6:00 p.m. Mini-fencing
7:00 p.m. Foil
Wednesday  Class
7:00 p.m. Epee
Thursday  Class
7:00 p.m. Saber

Class Types

Mini-Fencing – Beginning (Youth ages 7-9)

This two-month class is based on the Mini-Fence system developed by Leon Paul in England. Focused on young students, the class is a combination of games, exercises and drills appropriate for the age. Light weight plastic masks and foam foils are used to introduce fencing concepts and actions in a fun, engaging fashion. This class is subject to instructor availability.

Mini-Fencing – Continuing (Youth ages 7-9)

Continuing where the Beginning Mini-Fence class leaves off, this two-month class introduces the students to standard equipment, including metal masks and foils. The content is very similar to the Beginning Class, with an emphasis on skill development through fun exercises and games. Class materials consisting of a foil, mask, jacket, glove and bag will need to be ordered on the first night for a total cost of $130.

Youth Beginning Fencing (Youth ages 10-12)

This two-month class is designed to give older youths a well rounded introduction to the sport of fencing. Movement basics, warm-up and stretching are emphasized. Students are given an overview of the foil and/or saber, giving them a good overview. At the conclusion of the class, students interested in continuing on in their fencing education will have the basis needed to choose a weapon to continue to study in either the foil or saber programs. Class materials consisting of a mask, jacket and glove will need to be ordered on the first night for a total cost of $100. Weapons will be provided by the DMFC.

Adult Beginning Fencing (Adults ages 13+)

This two-month class is designed to give adults a well rounded introduction to the sport of fencing. Movement basics, warm-up and stretching are emphasized.   Students are given an overview of the foil, epee and/or saber, based on class availability giving them a good overview. At the conclusion of the class, students interested in continuing on in their fencing education will have the basis needed to choose a weapon to continue to study in the weapon of their choice. Class materials consisting of a mask, jacket and glove will need to be ordered on the first night for a total cost of $100. Weapons will be provided by the DMFC.

 Foil Program

Under construction

Saber Program

Under construction

Epee Program

Under construction